How to Delete Files From a USB Flash Drive

Written by kathryn hatter
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A flash drive is a tiny storage device that plugs into the USB port of a computer, allowing you to effortlessly and cheaply store files as well as transfer files between computers. People often carry flash drives on key chains for quick access to their data. Deleting files from a USB flash drive is as simple as highlighting an item and deleting it. You just have to make sure that you are careful to mount and unmount the drive properly.

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  1. 1

    Plug the flash drive into the USB port of your computer. Wait to make sure that the computer recognises it. Open the drive once the computer recognises it. (In Windows your drive list can be found under "My Computer" if the flash drive doesn't immediately pop up a window).

  2. 2

    Browse the contents of your flash drive to find the files you wish to delete.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the intended file and then select "Delete" from the pop-up window that appears.

  4. 4

    Click "Yes" to confirm your wishes to delete the file.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps three and four to delete additional files.

  6. 6

    Find the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in your system tray in the bottom-right-hand corner of your desktop. Click this icon one time. Choose "Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device" from the options. Wait until you see the message "Safe to Remove Hardware."

  7. 7

    Remove the flash drive from the USB port.

Tips and warnings

  • Flash drives are compatible with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, enabling a user to transfer files between the two.
  • Be careful with flash drives. People tend to carry them around a lot and they can eventually malfunction if handled roughly.

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