1639 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2006 11:24 AM by David Ceddia
The behaviour of the trash bin is a little different in Mac OS X compared to Windows. As far as I can remember, Windows will immediately delete files from removable media (such as USB flash drives) and use the trash bin only for local drives. Mac OS X places files in the trash first, regardless of where they were before.
Try the following: delete a file from your USB drive and watch the trash bin in the dock. When you remove the drive, the trash will appear empty, even though you didn't empty it. Once you re-insert the drive, the trash will appear as full again and will show the file you just deleted.
This means that Mac OS X stores deleted files in a folder named .Trashes (the "." hides the folder from Finder, so you don't see it) on the flash drive. Empty the trash while the flash drive is mounted, and the space will be freed.
As another new Mac user (though having desired one for years) I had the same flash drive query - reason for my visit today to the support pages.
And I was interested in your comment about the delete button because it has been driving me mildly insane in the month since I got my MacBook. There is no delete button - and the backspace isn't the same thing at all, but yesterday I discovered that the shift key + end will highlight text which can then be deleted by backspacing.
I gues it will take a lot of practice to find out all the subtle things that make a Mac a Mac - but I don't swear at my Mac like I have to swear at my PC
Have read on the forum about flash disks, I have read
the Info and I have read and write permissions.
I am sharing, USB 1 and 2, flash disks between PC and
my new Mac Book. Fine for reading or writing. But,
problem arise when erasing files, the disk space is
not released, te disk space seems to be locked ? I
can only really erase on the pc not on the Mac.
Another stupid question, is there no "delete " key on
the Mac keyboard ?
Do I need to say that I am a new Mac user ?