Cannot delete file...

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  1. ryanfelipe

    ryanfelipe Member

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    Hi. I don't know if this is the right thread to post this, if not, just move it to the right one. Anyway, this has been a long question but for some weird reason I forgot. Whenever I delete files either from USB flash disk or from a card reader using my PB G4, it says it deletes the files, but if you would look the disk free space it's still the same and if you would look flash disk or card from a peecee, you can see a .trashes folder, the files are still there. How can I permanently delete the files using my pb? Thanks :)
     
  2. PatrickGaerlan

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    With the USB flash drive plugged into your Mac, empty the Trash :)
     
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    I use FinderCleaner to get rid of the Mac OS X dependent files from my flash and external drives so it doesnt show up on Windows, also saves a teeny bit of space.
     
  4. ryanfelipe

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    thanks a lot!
     
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    tried this so many times but still won't get rid of the .trashes folder, .spotlight and etc. when i plug my flash drive to a pc. :(
     
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    because those are OSX hidden files, you won't see them when you plug the flash disk in your mac, but you will definitely see them in your PC and they can be deleted in windows
     
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    ah ok, so how do i erase the hidden files if i don't have a pc? thanks!
     
  8. juanegg

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    umm i kinda have a similar problem... on one of my external disks there are are weird files and a folder that cant be delete whatever i tried.. and for some magical reason, i cant delete folders on my external disk, ive downloaded an anti virus but no virus was found...

    sorry for riding along thread hehe
     
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    maybe using disk utility will clean up ur devices. I clean all my flash drives through disk utility.
     
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    fire up terminal it should be in your applications\utilities folder
    type in

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    Then relaunch Finder. to hide them again, replace TRUE with FALSE, relaunch Finder again
     
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    Some people suggest using a third party software to get rid of the seemingly locked file, but I found other ways to delete such. Sometimes, files won't be deleted simply because another program is currently using it. You may or may not be aware of it, so what I do is close all programs and try deleting the file again. Or, I restart my pc to be sure. You can also perform other ways to deal with cannot delete file like renaming and deleting, changing windows explorer view options or getting a good spyware. Also, try using kill explorer and windows recovery console if you're running windows.
     

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