I have a 1TB backup disk with an ext4 partition on it where I keep disk images of my two disks - one is 500GB/466GiB (my main disk) and the other is 400GiB (data partition from my second disk). I use the GNOME Disks app for creating these images.


After I deleted the 400GiB image from the backup disk I can't make a new backup image because there is not enough space left! I didn't send it to trash or something, I used rm to delete the file.

df shows that there is only 52G available:

df . -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdd1       917G  866G   52G  95% /media/szx/backup

ls gives only two files and lost+found:

ls -a .
.  ..  lost+found  msres.img  sda.img

du says that only 467GiB is used:

sudo du . -h
16K     ./lost+found
467G    .

Where did the remaining 932 - 467 = 465 GiB go?

I have disabled journaling and reduced reserved space to 0% using tune2fs for the backup partition to get as much free space as possible. It did free up some space but not all of it.

  • I'd imagine some process is still using that file. lsof would probably help finding that process. Did you restart after you deleted the file? – wvxvw Nov 19 '17 at 9:09
  • @wvxvw Yes, I did restart many times. I usually do backups from a live USB, but now I"m in the actual system on disk, so no process can be using something I think. – szx Nov 19 '17 at 9:11
  • And no .Trash-1000 folder too? – George Udosen Nov 19 '17 at 9:43
  • @George Seems so. I re-formatted the disk again but as ext2 this time. Maybe that will work better... – szx Nov 19 '17 at 14:34

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