How can my SD Card be full?General

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  1. cmonster

    cmonster Well-Known Member

    Hi there,
    So this seems weird to me and I've searched the forums. though I've found similar issues, I haven't found anything with a fix that makes sense. I thought I'd ask here.
    I have 2.1 OTA.

    I've been trying to change the music on my SD Card and keep getting a message on my Macbook that there is no room for what I want to add. This happened even after I removed all of the existing music on my phone, unmounted it and then re-mounted it.

    When I hit Cmd-I, I find that there is only about 300mb free on the SD card which makes no sense. I went through and checked each folder, cleaned out a ton of stuff and the amount of free space didn't budge. As you can see from the attachment, none of the folders I can see on my Eris have all that much in them.

    Any thoughts? How can I get the space on my card back? Will re-formatting it mess up any of my apps (like Listen which seems to have something stored there)? If I do re-format, should I do it as FAT32 or the Mac OS Journaled?

    Thanks for your help

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  2. h0odlam

    h0odlam Well-Known Member

    in the SD, copy what you want to keep and back it up on your computer. Then format your SD in your phone, put your stuff back and you should have space to spare for your music.
  3. cmonster

    cmonster Well-Known Member

    Will re-formatting it mess up any of my apps (like Listen which seems to have something stored there)? If I do re-format, should I do it as FAT32 or the Mac OS Journaled?
  4. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Well-Known Member

    Formating the SD card will not affect your apps.

    Like hoodlum said, copy everything on your SD card to your computer.
    Format it, and you should be good to go.

    Personally, i would just keep it at the default settings.
    But i really dont know what that Mac OS Journaled is...
  5. cmonster

    cmonster Well-Known Member

    Just to close the thread on this one since, honestly, those other two posts left me thinking that formatting was going to be my only option and I wasn't happy with it. based on past experience, even though formatting is not supposed to mess with my apps, I could tell it was likely something might go kablooey. For example, Listen stores downloaded podcasts on the SD card and a few other apps have things on there too. In short, I just wanted to avoid a format if I could....

    I used this trick: Show all files in the Finder | Software | Mac OS X Hints | Macworld
    to display all the hidden files on my mac (on a mac, anything with a dot (.) in front of the file name is hidden by default.) and saw a folder called .Trashes. I opened it and the enclosing folder and found.... almost 8 GB of files, that I had deleted today! Voila.
    I tried to delete them all but the computer just hung so I did a search here and found a thread which explained the problem and the solution without having to format.

    Essentially, I had connected my Eris to my mac, deleted everything and, as macs do, it had sent those files to the trash. For some reason, that means that it hides all the files on my Eris' SD Card in .Trashes. To actually get rid of them, connect your phone to your mac, mount it as a drive, then empty the trash on your Mac. And there it all goes!

    Of course, remember that once you empty your trash, those files are gone forever, so be sure you mean it first.

    Phew. Problem solved.
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