Files appear in Trash when I connect USB Drive - Can't Be Deleted

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  1. Afro1989 macrumors 6502a

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    Alright, I downloaded some icons straight onto my Sony Microvault 1GB USB Drive and when I try to delete them it says they're "in use". When I disconnect the drive my Trash is empty, but whenever I plug it in these files appear again. I tried to Option+Empty Trash, Secure Empty Trash, and all that stuff but it won't allow it because the files are "in use".

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Bacong macrumors 68000

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    are the files still on the USB stick, taking up space?
     
  3. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    actually, no. and when I open either of the folders that appear in the Trash they have _MACOSX folders within them.

    :confused:
     
  4. Bacong macrumors 68000

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  5. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just find it annoying that my trash shows that it's full whenever my thumb drive is connected, which is most of the time.

    I tried restarting too, didn't work.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I wonder if you put the files somewhere and the system is still trying to access them? What did you do with the files after downloading?
     
  7. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    they just went straight to the trash, I didn't want them.

    i'm guessing it has something to do with it having some files from Windows.
     
  8. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    I've had issues similar to this, just reformat the flash drive with disk utility.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I think the disk contains a file called .trashes which is involved in the trash can and emptying. Re-formatting the disk should solve the problem.
     
  10. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    alright, the Disk Utility full erase worked. Should I be formatting it with MS-DOS (FAT)?
     

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