Dumb Question About The Trash

Allen Davis

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Jul 26, 2017
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Here's something I've been wondering about for some time. I keep an eye on how much free space I have on my internal drive, an SSD, with the goal of keeping a lot of the space free. Over the last few months, I've gotten rather slack about emptying my Trash, and today I saw that there were several gigabytes of stuff in there.

At the bottom of an open window, I saw I had 265.34 GB of free space. When I hit Command-Shift-Delete to empty the Trash, I heard the obligatory crinkling sound and saw the Trash icon revert to its "empty" appearance. But the open window still showed I had the same amount of free space available.

My question: Does the Mac now automatically consider anything in the Trash as not being part of the overall data and flotsam on the regular parts of the drive? That is, if I simply place a bunch of stuff in the Trash, will the Mac automatically deduct that space?

I'm running macOS Mojave now, but I think I noticed that before when I was still running High Sierra.


Cory Cooper

May 19, 2004
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Sometimes you have to close the Finder window and reopen it to see the recovered space. See if that shows the correct amount of free space.


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