How come my computer tells me I cannot move a file to the trash from my USB thumb drive because it cannot be deleted?

by on March 2, 2013

Q: How do I delete files off a USB stick? I plugged my USB stick into my mac and I opened up the folder and dragged some things into the trash can. But then it says, “This can’t be moved to the trash because it cannot be deleted”.


One Response to “How come my computer tells me I cannot move a file to the trash from my USB thumb drive because it cannot be deleted?”
  1.  

    Simplest fix:

    Copy any files you want to keep off the USB drive, then right click on the USB drive and do a quick format.

    This will delete everything on the USB stick. Problem solved!