trashes directories created on pen drive - showing as full

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  1. crmpicco macrumors member

    crmpicco

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    #1
    Hi,

    I have been using a 1GB pen drive to transfer data from my Mac to a PC. However, I am finding that strange directories are being created on the drive and it is causing the drive to get filled up.

    Also, when I go into the USB drive through Finder it shows as being empty. a 'du' returns this:

    Piccos-MacBook:USB crmpicco$ du
    64 ./.fseventsd
    32 ./test
    65344 ./.Trashes/501/John Pix
    236320 ./.Trashes/501/Loudoun Castle - July 2010
    24416 ./.Trashes/501/John & Jane
    32 ./.Trashes/501/BUDA
    1766752 ./.Trashes/501
    1766816 ./.Trashes
    2720 ./.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1/Stores/EB4CCC4B-7D68-4F23-BE0F-CEE8BD6E206A
    2752 ./.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1/Stores
    2816 ./.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1
    2848 ./.Spotlight-V100
    1769824 .

    Does anyone have any idea what this 'Trashes' directory is and what is happening with this drive?

    Cheers,
    Picco
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    #2
    When you plug in the drive in your Mac, is the trash can in the dock full? If so, empty it.
     
  3. crmpicco thread starter macrumors member

    crmpicco

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    #3
    WOW! That's exactly what it was.

    Why is it involving the Trash Bin on my MacBook at all when copying an AVI file from my Documents directory to the pen drive?

    Thanks,
    Picco
     
  4. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    #4
    Copying is not the problem. Your Mac puts files you delete from the thumb drive in the Trashed directory on you thumb drive, so you actually have to empty the trash every time you want to delete something off the drive.
     
  5. crmpicco thread starter macrumors member

    crmpicco

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    #5
    Thanks for your help and explanation on this one.

    My Mac learning experience continues..... :D

    Picco
     

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