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Thread: Can't delete files on USB stick

  1. #1
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    Can't delete files on USB stick

    I can't delete files on USB stick (which formatted in FAT32).

    When I was copying files to the stick I got tired of waiting and just pulled the stick out of the USB port..

    I can read the files but can't "move them to trash".

    How do fix this?

  2. #2
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    Re: Can't delete files on USB stick

    is there a hardware lock on the usb drive?

    if no, does shift+delete work ?

    have you tried to reformat it ?
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  3. #3
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    Re: Can't delete files on USB stick

    If you have the contents backed up somewhere else, you could try to right-click the desktop icon and select "Format"

    Sometimes doing things like you did can corrupt the file system on a USB, and the only answer is to wipe it completely.

  4. #4
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    Re: Can't delete files on USB stick

    when you want to finish with your usb stick go to desktop and ask it eject stick it will ask then if you want to delete files in trash say yes
    hope this helps

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    Re: Can't delete files on USB stick

    just re format in that is the only fix i have come up with after that it will work perfect

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