why does my WD Passport look more full than it really is?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theSeaHawk, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. theSeaHawk macrumors newbie

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    I have a Western Digital passport 120 GB external hd that "get info" shows to have 93.07 GB used when the only two folders on it with content (music and photos) show a total of 51 GB. Why would it show that if the other WD-specific folders only add a couple hundred KB?

    The drive is formatted as FAT32.
    The OS is 10.4.11

    I'd like to use more of the total capacity of this drive; do I need to reformat it to another file system?

    thanks
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

    sickmacdoc

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    Sorry for a seemingly stupid question, but have you emptied the trash lately to regain the space from trashed items?

    Assuming you have, take a look at your drive with the graphic space usage maps of the free utilities Disk Inventory X and/or Grand Perspective to help identify where the space is being used.

    EDIT: BTW, no the FAT32 format will not affect the available space- either un-reclaimed trashed item space, large log/cache files (as shown by the Utils above), or directory corruption should be giving you the conflicting read.
     
  3. theSeaHawk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I had trashed several large redundant files off of the drive and they were still in the trash. Once I emptied that, as you suggested, the space on the drive opened up.
     

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