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Deleting Large File
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 10, 2017 02:55PM
Trying to delete a superfluous large photo file from my external drive. File is 102 GB. Tried moving to trash and left it for several hours....no dice. Tried using the command delete immediately and I'm now in waiting mode again. Progress bar stuck all the way to the right and I'm waiting.

Imac mid 2011 with 10.12.5 & 12 Gig memory.

How long should this take?



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 10, 2017 03:01PM
How can a photo be 102 GB?
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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 10, 2017 03:02PM
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freeradical
How can a photo be 102 GB?

It's a photo library.



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 10, 2017 03:02PM
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How can a photo be 102 ?


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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: billb
Date: August 10, 2017 03:03PM
size JJJ ?



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 10, 2017 03:29PM
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billb
size JJJ ?

What does this mean?
It's an extra Photos library of over 24,000 photos totalling 122.2 GB. Trying to make room on my external. It's a single file.



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 10, 2017 03:39PM
Reboot.



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 10, 2017 03:42PM
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MartyStickle
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billb
size JJJ ?

What does this mean?
It's an extra Photos library of over 24,000 photos totalling 122.2 GB. Trying to make room on my external. It's a single file.

It's not a single file, it's a Package, which is really a folder that just looks like a single file, it contains thousands of individual files.

If you control-click on it, you can select "Show package contents" to see what's really inside of it.

One of the fastest ways I've found to delete stuff immediately and quickly without using the trash is to connect to the computer using file sharing from another Mac, and delete it from that other computer. You will get a warning that it will be deleted immediately, which is exactly what you want.
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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 10, 2017 03:48PM
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GGD
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MartyStickle
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billb
size JJJ ?

What does this mean?
It's an extra Photos library of over 24,000 photos totalling 122.2 GB. Trying to make room on my external. It's a single file.

It's not a single file, it's a Package, which is really a folder that just looks like a single file, it contains thousands of individual files.

If you control-click on it, you can select "Show package contents" to see what's really inside of it.

One of the fastest ways I've found to delete stuff immediately and quickly without using the trash is to connect to the computer using file sharing from another Mac, and delete it from that other computer. You will get a warning that it will be deleted immediately, which is exactly what you want.

I'm aware of the package thing. So, If I show package contents, would it be better to do that and try deleting smaller bits?



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 10, 2017 03:52PM
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MartyStickle
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GGD
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MartyStickle
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billb
size JJJ ?

What does this mean?
It's an extra Photos library of over 24,000 photos totalling 122.2 GB. Trying to make room on my external. It's a single file.

It's not a single file, it's a Package, which is really a folder that just looks like a single file, it contains thousands of individual files.

If you control-click on it, you can select "Show package contents" to see what's really inside of it.

One of the fastest ways I've found to delete stuff immediately and quickly without using the trash is to connect to the computer using file sharing from another Mac, and delete it from that other computer. You will get a warning that it will be deleted immediately, which is exactly what you want.

I'm aware of the package thing. So, If I show package contents, would it be better to do that and try deleting smaller bits?

It would probably take more cumulative time, but you might have some success in deleting at least some files more quickly. If it's not a big problem I would just let it sit until the task is complete. Or go with the other suggestion to access over file sharing and delete that way.
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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 10, 2017 04:02PM
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Speedy
Reboot.

This did it! I restarted and, of course I was forced to quit the process in the finder. After the reboot, the file package was shown to be only 7 GB, not the original 122. I redid delete immediately, and within a couple of minutes, the file is gone.



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: hal
Date: August 10, 2017 04:07PM
Run smart utility on that drive - slow finder actions can be from a bad hard drive.
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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 10, 2017 04:12PM
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hal
Run smart utility on that drive - slow finder actions can be from a bad hard drive.

And run Diskwarrior.



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Re: Deleting Large File
Posted by: hal
Date: August 10, 2017 04:34PM
yeah - good point
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