Trash takes up 55.78 GB even though it's empty

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by boston04and07, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    So my Trash folder says it's taking up 55.78 GB even though it's empty. Kind of strange. I can't really tell if it's actually making that amount of space unavailable on my disk - has anybody had this issue before?
     
  2. Shawzborne macrumors 6502a

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    Go to finder top left then preferences turn on secure trash

    The way mac works is it doesn't fully delete items from trash it's just the way it works

    I recommend purchasing clean my mac 2 to delete the trash properly
     
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    That's not "just the way it works"; that sounds like something has gone wrong. I'd try using Disk Utility to verify the disk.
     
  4. deviant macrumors 65816

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    I'd recommend to not recommend that bloated trash to anyone. You shouldn't use it too.
     
  5. DonMega macrumors regular

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    I think you might be thinking of MacCleaner. Horrible software! I've had to rescue my in-laws from it.
     
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    Run this in Terminal and see what it says. It will show the space used in GB. You will be prompted for your password.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /.Trashes
     
  7. Shawzborne macrumors 6502a

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    Clean my mac 2 is an amazing piece of software
     
  8. DonMega macrumors regular

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    I agree. I bought the 5 computer license and use it on all my Macs.
     
  9. MaxPayne79 macrumors regular

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    yeah i recommend purchasing that as well. It's really good imo but unfortunately from what I know they don't support Yosemite yet. :((
     
  10. Shawzborne macrumors 6502a

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    ...and I did some extra work before this thread even existed. :p

    CleanMyMac IS an awesome piece of software and worth every penny. It's basically as awesome/useful as CCleaner is on Windows (don't use CCleaner on OSX, it's god awful.) In fact, I even recorded a YouTube review on it some time back. Since that video it's been completely redesigned and looks/functions even better. CleanMyMac1 review

    As for the trash bug. Never seen it before. :s
     
  12. boston04and07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, everyone, for your help with this one! I appreciate all the advice.

    I tried this and even though I actually had stuff in the Trash at the time, I got the following result:

    Emptied the trash and still got the same result...so strange...
     
  13. Shawzborne macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe try this

    http://m.download.cnet.com/Trash-It/3000-2094_4-25829.html
    or cleanmymac will fix it for sure
     
  14. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    try turning the mac off completely then on and then try to delete the trash w terminal, might also try to send a random file to the trash and tell the trash to secure trash it to see if it helps. Also, are you the only account, if not then it might be trash under a guest account.
     
  15. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Use WhatSize to see where and what is taking up disk space.
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Sorry.. I gave you the wrong code. This one will show the user trash.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g ~/.Trash
     

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