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Deleting files on USB stick on Mac doesn't free up memory

I find it annoying because deleting a file from a USB doesn't release any space on the stick's memory. I've been using Disk Utility, wiping the empty USB, and deleting every file on the stick. The complete stick is now free. After that, I began restoring the files I had deleted from the stick. I can start to use my memory once more as a result. This seems like an overly laborious and time-consuming method to achieve the desired outcome. Is there a quicker method for doing this?

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

Have you deleted them from the Mac Trash? When you delete files from the USB flash drive connected to the Mac, it usually moves them to the Mac Trash where you can still restore deleted files. If you find it doesn't free up space on the USB drive after deleting files, you should make sure you have emptied them from Mac Trash.

Or, you can select the files and use Command + Option + Delete to permanently remove them from your USB flash drive without putting them in the Mac trash.


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