Question about LaCie External USB 2.0 500GB 7200 RPM 500 GB 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.
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.)
Posted on Apr 07, 2008
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