Unable to erase everything on Flash Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nicnaz, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. nicnaz macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    I had several dozen files - pictures, documents, movies - on a cheap little flash drive. I erased everything from the drive except for 2 movie files which would not dump. The screen said that the files were in use but I had not opened anything. I tried a few times but could not clear the drive of these files.

    Worst case I just throw the drive away but I would prefer to clean it and reuse it.

    Any thoughts??
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If you don't need anything on the drive, just wipe it. Disk Utility -> Erase. I'd recommend MS-DOS (FAT) for a flash drive, which is probably how it's formatted now, for ease of transfer between Macs and PC's.


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