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    Deleting files from flash drive
    When I delete files from a flash drive which is FAT 32 formatted it doesn't free up the memory that those files held. But when I delete them using a windows PC it does free up the memory. Is this normal? Is there a way to do it on a Mac?

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Did you empty the trash can?

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    You have to drag the files to the trash can then empty the trash can for the files to be deleted off the flash drive.
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
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    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    As Eric says drag to trash and empty whilst the flash drive is still attached.. Otherwise you are just dragging them out of the trash and leaving them on the drive. Same system with Windows.

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    Feb 13, 2005
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    13" Macbook Pro 2.26Ghz Unibody 4G RAM 160G HDD Superdrive
    Which is why when dealing with stuff on external media such as flash drives and such, I usually drop down to a Terminal, CD to the /Volumes/whatever-drive-it-is and do an explicit rm to bypass the trash.

    I know a lot of Mac users wouldn't bother with that option, however.

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