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**Posted this in the wrong category! Mods sniped the last one**

Ok, so heres what happened.

My trash had some items in it, so I opened it up to see what they were..
When I did so, nothing was showing up in the trash window, however there were over 2000 items in there.
I couldn't see them though...
I left the window up for a good minute to see if it was just taking some time to load what was in there, but still nothing. Tried arranging items by name, nothing.

So I emptied it... and it ended up that there was over 15 gigs worth of stuff in there..!? Should I be worried about that? I would have remembered putting something, or lots of things, adding up to that much HD space...

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It could have been a bunch of invisible files but what makes me cringe a little is the 15 GBs-worth. That is very strange.

Did you do a third-party software update right before this happened?

I know it is too late now (you already emptied the trash) but you could have downloaded MainMenu and asked to see the invisible files: this would have shown you what was in your trash your trash.
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You can always do a quick check of what is in your trash if you open Terminal and type

cd .Trash

ls -al

That will show you any hidden files that may be in there. The hidden file names start with a "."

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I mean, the computer still seems to be running fine... no problems or anything.

Should I be safe and do a clean install??
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If things are running fine with no problems at all just leave it be. Maybe run Onyx and Repair Permissions but does not sound like you need an install.
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Did you do a third-party software update right before this happened?
Now that I think of it...
I'm pretty sure I installed and UPDATED Photoshop CS3 Extended BEFORE I emptied the trash... but the size of everything that was in there confuses me to death.
I'm on the verge of doing a clean install. Its bothering me to no end.
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Same thing happened to me the other day.
I downloaded a "small" file from the internet. I decided I didn't like/want it so sent it to the trash. When I emptied the trash there were ~2500 files being deleted. It took about 6 minutes to complete the task.
My Mac is still working ok.
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