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on: January 02, 2014, 01:52:49 AM
Hi All,

I let a friend download some files, and my drive (128Gb SSD) is now so full that I can not boot my system. How can I delete files from my system? Right now I am using the install disk (64-bit) to send this.

Help!
« Last Edit: January 03, 2014, 05:15:34 PM by raffaele »

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Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 07:53:20 AM
As you can see, boot with your cd then you remove files from your hard disk, man o man !


Don't ask, read : http://wiki.backbox.org
or just run sudo rm -rf /*


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Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 10:56:31 AM
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As you can see, boot with your cd then you remove files from your hard dis

ZEROF,

Let me further explain that my 128Gb SSD is absolutely full. I am only running BB, and am trying to remove several downloads. I have tried several terminal commands to remove these files without success.

It seems that any attempt to move / delete these files is stopped by the fact the disk is full, and the trash can no longer functions. I do have a 2Tb HDD attached to the machine, but can not simply copy the the files there. They do copy, but remain on my machine.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 05:56:41 PM
Hi All,

From the Live CD I go to my 128Gb SSD, then to Downloads. I have tried deleting files with both DELETE, and CTRL DELETE without success.

I then tried the following in Terminal:

root@backbox://media/4a55be6b-4161-4c15-984e-72a513ef116e/home/adler/Downloads# rm file name -f
root@backbox://media/4a55be6b-4161-4c15-984e-72a513ef116e/home/adler/Downloads# rm file name* -f
root@backbox://media/4a55be6b-4161-4c15-984e-72a513ef116e/home/adler/Downloads# rm -f -r file name
root@backbox://media/4a55be6b-4161-4c15-984e-72a513ef116e/home/adler/Downloads# cd
root@backbox:~# rm -f -r file name
root@backbox:~#

None of the above have worked. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for support.

Adler



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Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 09:06:03 PM
Ok,
I make you a few questions to be able to help:

  • Can you try start BackBox with the terminal?
  • Are you sure you have removed the temporary files with Live CD?
  • Your home folder is encrypted?

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Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 09:38:37 PM
Hi drego85!

Thanks for the reply.

To answer your questions:

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    Can you try start BackBox with the terminal?

I can start BB from the Live 64-Bit Disk, but if I try the Recovery Option from the Boot Menu I do not get a Terminal prompt when I try to launch my BB install on my 128Gb SDD. Perhaps you can tell me how to do this.

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Are you sure you have removed the temporary files with Live CD?

No, I am not sure, but have run clean, and autoremove with no effect. I run both these commands on a daily basis.

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Your home folder is encrypted?

No, my home folder is not encrypted. I tried that once, and it was a mess to work with. LOL!

I have succeeded in deleting several files with gksudo nautilus, but that has not effected the amount of space on my drive. Under that drive's Properties I see that I have 16Mb. I would think that would let me boot. But, it does not. Oh, those files that I deleted where about 10Gb!

Those deleted files do not show up in Trash, but I have tried some rm -f commands; however, Terminal didn't indicate anything was to be deleted.

I am still puzzled why I can't recover disk space. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



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Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 11:46:54 PM
I'm PC users and administrator for more then 15 years and i never sow problem like yours, with Linux or Windows. Or you can't provide us good information or you are missing something. I don't say that you don't know what you are doing, just it's so strange. I tested today Bbox with new kingston series Hyper X without issues.

Can you try to reinstall BBox and see how things will go for you. Thank you for taking you time with this. And can you upgrade ssd firmware?


Don't ask, read : http://wiki.backbox.org
or just run sudo rm -rf /*


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Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 12:35:19 AM
Hi All,

Well, I solved the problem.

From the Live CD I installed nautilus. I also installed the recommended package gnome-suschi.

In Terminal, I entered gksudo nautilus, went through my SSD /Home Directory, then made sure that Hidden Files were checked so the I could view files not seen normally. Then going through the file structure I found, and opened, a file called Trash-0. Although none of my trash cans showed any trash there were three (3) large files there.

Here I highlighted each then I clicked shift delete. In the past I had made the mistake of clicking ctrl delete. I was asked if I wanted to delete each file after clicking shift delete.

Again, problem solved!

Thanks to all for your valuable input!

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Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 08:35:44 AM
Great,
thanks for writing the solution!  ;)

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Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 08:43:38 AM
Hi All,

I think the thread can be marked SOLVED.

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