Western Digital; can't free up HD space

Steve - Aug 31, 2008 at 02:09 PM
 Javier - Sep 10, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Hello, I have a Mac G5 OS X, v10.4.11, pre-intel, so no PC capability. I am using a WD 500gb MY Book Studio as a back up for photos. I have run out of space because I mistakenly set up two different back up programs so, essentially, everything was backed up twice. The hard drive tells me I have 9 gb left, thus it is not being recognized. So, I opened the external HD and deleted a bunch of photos by dragging them to the trash can and emptying the trash can. The hard drive still tells me I have 9 gb left and I still can't do any backing up to it. How do I get that space cleared or opened up again so I can use it? Please be very specific as I am not anywhere close to good with computers. Thanks in advance.

6 replies

1. Go to Applications / Utilities / Disk Utility
2. Choose the volume you want to free the space from
3. Click "Erase" tab at the top
4. Click "Erase" button at the bottom right

Your HELP was the best advice. I was breaking my head! Thanks a million.
Thanks for the info. it was like a valve opened up which allowed my stress to vaporize. this worked very well for this Mac user.
Will this delete all the files in the external hard drive?..or just clear the space of the the items you dragged to the recycle bin? Thanx
i meant TRASH CAN, not recycle bin. Sorry.