fat32 cf card - can't delete folders/files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by acribb, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. acribb macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2007
    I have a fat32 formatted compact flash card I am using in my vehicle for mp3 playback.

    When I delete folders off of this through Finder, Finder shows as if they were deleted, but when you read the card on a Windows machine, or in my vehicle, the folder was not really deleted and remains.

    I have found that it seems like you can only WRITE to the compact flash. You can't erase.

    I had to reformat the entire card to fat32 and then rewrite everything just to change the contents of it.

    Is there a workaround to this?
  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    You need to empty the trash after you delete the items (while the card is still connected).

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