View Full Version : [all variants] Error says hard drive is full. It's not.

December 5th, 2010, 01:41 PM
I have a Transcend external hard drive that attaches via USB. It's been a great piece of hardware and I've come to depend on it now that I am traveling out of country with an 8Gig SSD netbook.

Lately, though, I've been having a problem. I installed Peppermint a few weeks ago and at first things went normally. Then one day, while I was downloading some torrents, I got an error message saying the destination drive (my Transcend external hard drive) was full.

I knew this wasn't right. I checked the volume's properties and it says I have 78 Gigs of free space left, out of 250.

Now other programs, including PCManFM and Wine are giving me the same error messages. Anyone know what's going on???

December 7th, 2010, 03:27 AM
In case anyone's wondering, I've already checked the .Trash folder. It's empty.

Is there somewhere else where phantom data gets stored?

Is this a common bug in Ubuntu? I can't find much else about it anywhere

December 7th, 2010, 05:10 AM
Does any partition look almost full when you do: df -m

Linux reserves some space for root only in case something runs away and fills up a partition. I forget how much that is, but it might be a specific partition other than your external drive.

December 7th, 2010, 07:02 AM
Thanks for the reply. I will run this command tonight after work and post my results.