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  1. #1

    Liam's Avatar
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    Aug 15, 2006
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    How do you completely delete files from a USB Flash Drive?
    I keep deleting things from my usb flash drive, but it doesn't actually delete, if that makes sense.

    IE: If I have a 1gb memory card, and put a 500mb file on it, then delete it, it still says I only have 500mb available.

    Any ideas?

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    rogerinlondon's Avatar
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    Sep 02, 2006
    London, England
    iMac Retina 5K 4GHz i7 24GB RAM MacBook Air 11-inch 1.6GHz 4GB RAM
    Empty Trash with the USB-stick attached.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    Same as Windows operations. Drag content/s to trash and as roger advised, empty the trash with the stick still connected. Then drag the stick icon to the trash to disconnect.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2009
    the easiest way is to move it permanently off the stick first by clicking and pressing cmd...

    then you can delete it whenever u want

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