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

    Oct 27, 2007
    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?

  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    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

    Oct 27, 2007
    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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