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  1. #1

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    Mar 12, 2010
    Delete data on external volumes?!?
    Hi! I need help very urgently, tried search-function but I didn't find anything.

    I use a macbook, and it is impossible for me to delete data on any portable data medium. I can't delete data from usb-sticks, my ipod, from an external volume. I have no idea what to do!! Usually the folder-signs disappear, but the available capacity doesn't change.

    Could somebody help me...? Please...??

  2. #2

    bobtomay's Avatar
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Did you empty the trash?
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  3. #3

    Member Since
    Mar 12, 2010
    Yes I did. Though I don't get the connection. You do mean the trash of the macbook, not the external memory or something?

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2010
    Mac Pro, Power Mac G4, iMac G3, iPhone 3GS
    When you "delete" something, it's moved to the Trash, which is that trash can icon on the Dock. Right click it and select "Empty Trash." It's just like the Recycle Bin in Windows.

    Only cooler.

  5. #5

    Kash's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    However, make sure the external device is plugged in before emptying the Trash.

    June 2007
    July 2009

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Mar 12, 2010
    thanks a million!! I plugged it in and then deleted the trash, and it worked - happy again

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