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help!!! I dont want to format my USB storage device!!! Erase free space dont function

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hi guys: (Macbook pro and Leopard last update)

I have a KINGSTON 1 GB USB storage device!!! It only has 4 files appearing in FINDER (about 1 MB used) but when a look at GET INFO appears: 750 MB used!!!!

I used DISK UTILITY and ERASE FREE SPACE!!! but USB INFO remains the same!!! I need to save a 550 MB FILE!!! But I dont want to ERASE ALL INFORMATION from my USB!!!

How can I erase these "hidden files" wherever they are??? and use that space??? I explored it in QUICK LOOk, looking for HIDDEN FILES !! Appears only Cache, temporary files folder etc....but how can I delete them??? Are they SO BIG FILES (749 MB!!!))

Thanks guys!!!! (MY USB DEVICE HAS FAT32 FORMAT) I need to release free space!!!
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When you plug it in, does your trash can show that there is stuff in the trash? That would be my guess. Plug it in and then empty the trash. A similar situation may pertain to Window's version of the trash, since you say it is FAT32. Plug it in and empty the trash on both a PC and a Mac and you will likely get your space back.

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