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    Maxwell690
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    Unhappy Annoyed USB flash drive problem, please help!
    I recently bought a 256mb USB flash drive to help me transfer files between my pc at work and my mac at home. Yesterday I tried to free up some space on the flash drive as it was nearly full and I wanted to transfer some files onto it. I kept deleting files of the memory stick, they'd disappear but no new space appeared on the memory stick. Unable to get the files I wanted onto the flash drive I had to burn a cd.

    I came into work today and plugged the USB flash drive into my pc and there was a file called .Trashes that was over 100Mb in size. This contained all the files that I had deleted the night before. I proceeded to delete this file and the space appeared as it should have.

    What am I doing wrong? How do I create space on my flash drive on my Mac without the .Trashes file being created or at least deleted when something else is trying to be written to the space.

    Thanks in advance for any replies, they are much appreciated.

    Max

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    If you delete something on your drive, you need to empty your trash can on the mac for it to free up the space.

    Just ctrl-click your trash in the dock when your flash drive is open in finder and select empty trash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    If you delete something on your drive, you need to empty your trash can on the mac for it to free up the space.

    Just ctrl-click your trash in the dock when your flash drive is open in finder and select empty trash.
    Even if its from an external source, not the hard drive?

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    Yep: OS X keeps a separate trash file for each connected drive: If you use OS X to delete stuff on your flash drive, it doesn't copy everything into your harddrive's trash, it places it into the flash drive's trash.

    That's the hidden .trash file you saw. You can empty the flash drives trash by selecting it in the finder and then selecting empty trash from the Finder menu. (or hit Shift+Command+Backspace).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    Yep: OS X keeps a separate trash file for each connected drive: If you use OS X to delete stuff on your flash drive, it doesn't copy everything into your harddrive's trash, it places it into the flash drive's trash.

    That's the hidden .trash file you saw. You can empty the flash drives trash by selecting it in the finder and then selecting empty trash from the Finder menu. (or hit Shift+Command+Backspace).
    Seems a bit of a wierd way to have to do it, but cheers for the advice!

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    Is there any way for the Mac not to create this .Trash folder for external drives?

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    not likely. but i'm guessing that if you do work with the drive on a windows machine you could set the properties of .trashes to hidden in windows.
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    Download this widget (Hidden Files)
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashb...ddenfiles.html
    This turns on/off hidden files.
    Handy to ensure all files are off USB drive.

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    This happened to me too, i never posted about it here but i should have i got so mad i was like screaming at the computer because i never thought to empty the trash lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    ...That's the hidden .trash file you saw. You can empty the flash drives trash by selecting it in the finder and then selecting empty trash from the Finder menu. (or hit Shift+Command+Backspace).
    I tried this but my Mac empty first the HD Trash. Is there a way to empty just the Trash in the flash drive?

    N!

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    If you want to directly empty the usb stick, you can open Terminal and type

    cd /Volumes/<name_of_your_flash_drive>/
    sudo rm -r .Trashes

    You may or may not need to use sudo, but it doesn't hurt

    To get a list of all the hidden files on that drive (or any other) you can type

    ls -al

    and you should see the files there

    Cheers

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    Applescript
    Is there an Applescript that can accomplish this too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucknut102 View Post
    Is there an Applescript that can accomplish this too?
    There probably is, but when I googled it, I didn't find any that really worked.

    This might be a handy way to go about it though:

    http://theappleblog.com/2007/04/30/q...-hidden-files/

    Cheers

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    Thank god for Macs and their idiot-proof methodologies. -_-

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    I don't understand why everyone is suggesting these incredibly complex ways of doing a simple task. Has Mac-Forum been taken over by Windows or something?

    With the USB drive still mounted, empty the trash. That's it. Simple. Done.

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