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I want to know why it is using up so much space and why its contents are hidden?

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I'm thinking that is your trash can. If you open nautilus, right click the trash bin, and hit empty trash, its size should substantially decrease.

Of course, I'm assuming it's a folder. Am I right, or is it a regular file?

EDIT:

Less than a minute of googling later, I believe my answer is right. Optionally, delete it from the command line. But first, educate yourself and read through the top few links in this google search:

http://www.google.com/search?q=.trash-0

rm -rf .Trash-0/
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Agree to what djeikyb said, there could be files in Trash can which is not deleted yet. If you like to delete any file permanently then do a SHIFT+DELETE –  Madhava Feb 1 '11 at 7:31
    
ahh, i see, guess i never ever, noticed that lol –  Uri Herrera Feb 1 '11 at 7:50
    
Haha, I remember being pretty confused when first using Mandrake, being used to rm, deleting things in Nautilus (or whatever it was back then) didn't free up any space.. BTW, I think SHIFT+DELETE works in Windows too. –  djeikyb Feb 1 '11 at 8:07
    
Yes SHIFT+DELETE works in Windows as well, a good command and very destructive like "rm -Rf" :) –  Madhava Feb 1 '11 at 8:17
    
Uri, did this work for you? –  djeikyb Feb 1 '11 at 8:34

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