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Creating space on external hard drive

I have a Lacie 500GB external hard drive which I use to backup my Mac Book. The drive was getting full so I took some of the older backup files and moved them to the trash. But the remaining space did not change. The files are no longer visible on the drive but they are still taking up space.
I could try to empty the trash on my Mac but I am thinking that the trash in on my Mac drive now rather than my Lacie drive and if I empty the trash I may loose any chance of restoring the files so I can delete them in a more effective way.

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  • Tracks fkap Apr 07, 2008

    Thank you for the help. I am a bit of a pack rat and don't like to delete files unless I have to in case I might need them.
    Thanks again.

  • pdvos Jun 11, 2008

    Time Machine ran out of space to use on my Lacie 500gig external drive. I moved the oldest files to the trash, but stopped the process when warned that "boot x" would also be deleted. I was concerned I might impact the drives connection to the Mac. Now the files are in the trash and not available to Time Machine, but the space is still occupied.


    Other than buying a new, bigger drive, since Time Machine will continue to eat space, is there a better solution?

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When you move files to the Trash on a Mac you are just marking the files to be deleted next time you empty the trash. You are not actually deleting them when you move them to the trash. They will continue to take up space on your drive until you empty the trash.

Emptying the trash will delete everything in the Trash folder regardless of which drive it is stored on. If you have files you are not certain you want to delete that are located on your internal drive, open the Trash folder and move them temporarily out (like to the desk top), then empty the trash to delete all the ones on the external drive that you do want to clear off.

You will see that the free space has increased on the external drive. Now put back in the trash the files from your internatl drive you were thinking of deleting but not certain you wnated to (if that is your reason for not wanting to empty the trash. I'm not clear on why you would not want to delete them.)

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