Totally Erasing Memory Stick

By lizkel
Jun 10, 2007
  1. Is it possible to completely erase all the "Used Space" on a memory stick? I'm currently transfering files from computers so I loaded up the memory stick, transferred it, and then delted the files. However, the space is still used up, even though there are no files. I just want to clear the thing and load additional files, rinse, repeat. Is this possible? And if so, how?
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +8

    You need to reformat the stick.
  3. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Maniac Posts: 579

    Make sure you format it FAT, not FAT32, NTFS or anything else, or it won't work!
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,819   +370

    How are the files not deleted? I never recomend formating a working flash drive because of the literally hundreds of problems on this site that have arisen from formatting. You must have some software preventing the files being deleted, because they should be off the drive by clicking on them and deleting.
  5. lizkel

    lizkel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It worked! I guess I just had some weird formatting issue. Thank you!
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