Trash takes up 55.78 GB even though it's empty

boston04and07

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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?
 

Shawzborne

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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?

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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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?
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
 

MaxPayne79

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

j800r

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No it works fine on Yosemite

Here I did the work for you, here is the Yosemite version

http://dl.devmate.com/com.macpaw.CleanMyMac2/beta/CleanMyMac2.zip
...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
 

boston04and07

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

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

0 /.Trashes
0 total
Emptied the trash and still got the same result...so strange...
 

Carlanga

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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.