8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2006 11:24 AM by David Ceddia
Tormr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi

Have read on the forum about flash disks, I have read the Info and I have read and write permissions.

I am sharing, USB 1 and 2, flash disks between PC and my new Mac Book. Fine for reading or writing. But, problem arise when erasing files, the disk space is not released, te disk space seems to be locked ? I can only really erase on the pc not on the Mac.

Another stupid question, is there no "delete " key on the Mac keyboard ?

Do I need to say that I am a new Mac user ?

THKS

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,795 points)
    The "Delete" key is immediately to the left of the "Power" button. It's clearly labeled, "Delete."

    Personally, I haven't had any problems erasing USB flash drives.
  • Tim Lorenzen Level 4 Level 4 (1,930 points)
    On European keyboards, the Delete key is unlabeled. It works just like the Backspace key on PC keyboards, and also looks the same.
  • tribe Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
    To erase your flash drive go to Disk Utilities (at Applications->Utilities folder)
    Chose the erase tab -> click on your flash disk-> erase
  • Tim Lorenzen Level 4 Level 4 (1,930 points)
    The behaviour of the trash bin is a little different in Mac OS X compared to Windows. As far as I can remember, Windows will immediately delete files from removable media (such as USB flash drives) and use the trash bin only for local drives. Mac OS X places files in the trash first, regardless of where they were before.

    Try the following: delete a file from your USB drive and watch the trash bin in the dock. When you remove the drive, the trash will appear empty, even though you didn't empty it. Once you re-insert the drive, the trash will appear as full again and will show the file you just deleted.

    This means that Mac OS X stores deleted files in a folder named .Trashes (the "." hides the folder from Finder, so you don't see it) on the flash drive. Empty the trash while the flash drive is mounted, and the space will be freed.
  • s.mak Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    As another new Mac user (though having desired one for years) I had the same flash drive query - reason for my visit today to the support pages.

    And I was interested in your comment about the delete button because it has been driving me mildly insane in the month since I got my MacBook. There is no delete button - and the backspace isn't the same thing at all, but yesterday I discovered that the shift key + end will highlight text which can then be deleted by backspacing.

    I gues it will take a lot of practice to find out all the subtle things that make a Mac a Mac - but I don't swear at my Mac like I have to swear at my PC



    Hi

    Have read on the forum about flash disks, I have read
    the Info and I have read and write permissions.

    I am sharing, USB 1 and 2, flash disks between PC and
    my new Mac Book. Fine for reading or writing. But,
    problem arise when erasing files, the disk space is
    not released, te disk space seems to be locked ? I
    can only really erase on the pc not on the Mac.

    Another stupid question, is there no "delete " key on
    the Mac keyboard ?

    Do I need to say that I am a new Mac user ?

    THKS
  • mcornes Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Tim is correct about the .Trash file on removable media. Took me a while to figure this out why i couldn't get a 32 meg podcast on my mp3 player (non ipod) and I realised that all the shizzle was still in the Trash can.

    I am of two minds as to whether this is better on mac or windows.
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
    A forward delete can be done by pressing delete with the fn key held down.
  • David Ceddia Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    Also, in most text boxes, CTRL-D works. This might be easy to adapt to if you're used to UNIX or Emacs at all.