How to Empty the Trash on a USB Stick
One of the most annoying things about the Apple Mac is that when you delete a file on a USB stick, the file goes into trash but you recover no storage space.
The only obvious way of cleaning the stick, without reformatting it, is to empty the Mac's Trash with the stick still plugged in. However, the disadvantage of this is that you will also delete files that you might want to access later.
Fortunately, I have discovered a way in which to delete the USB's trash without deleting all the trash files.
First, I needed to understand that a USB stick has its own trash folder and that the folder is hidden. Armed with this knowledge, I used the following process to empty the USB stick's trash folder:
- Use the Finder to navigate to the USB stick
- Show the hidden folders by pressing
- Click on
.Trashes > Trashand select the files you want to delete
- 'Right-click' these files and select 'Delete Immediately...' and 'Delete'
cmd-Shift-.to hide the 'hidden' folders again