zeroing out disk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Theoyster, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Theoyster macrumors member

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    I bought a used mac and when I erase the disk, afterwards it still shows 2 files and 2 folders on the disk taking up 40+mb of space. What is that? When you erase the disk isn't it supposed to be completely empty?
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    That's because the drive is formatted. Formatting takes up some space.
     
  3. Relentlos macrumors member

    Relentlos

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    yeah no HDD is going to be the full 250, 300, 500 or 1TB of space listed. Formatting reserves a small portion for the file system information and stuff. A 2GB USB drive is the same, it won't be 2GB, it will be 1.98 GB or something.
     

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