How to Delete Data From a Memory Stick

By Denisa Gipson

A memory stick is a type of storage device. It holds different types of data, such as documents, pictures and music files, and can be shared between computers. Memory Stick also refers to a brand name, and can be found under such manufacturers as Sony and SanDisk. They range in capacity, and are about an inch and a half to two inches long. Once you transfer the data to your computer, you can delete it from your memory stick.

Things You'll Need

  • Data transfer cable
  • Memory Stick

Step 1

Connect the data transfer cable to your device. One end will have a connector that fits into a plug on your device. Sometimes it takes trial and error to find the right plug.

Step 2

Plug the USB end of the cable into an empty slot on your computer. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and is a way for your device to talk to your computer. The location of the USB port differs from computer to computer. Some are on the front, some are on the back and some have both.

Step 3

Turn on your device if it is not already. Once you give power to your device, or once the computer detects the USB device has been plugged in, you will get a popup. The popup will ask you what you want to do with the memory stick. For this, we will choose the option that says to view the folder in which the files are. Double-click to open.

Step 4

Choose a file within the folder by clicking on it. If you do not want to save this file to your computer, you can click "Delete" on your keyboard. It will ask if you are sure you want to delete; if you are, click "Yes."If you want to save the file to your computer, minimize the window you are currently in and create a new folder on your desktop. Right-click on a blank space on the desktop, go to "New," then click "Folder." Name your folder. Go back to the window you were just in, and click the file again if you clicked off it. Resize the window so you can see it and the desktop at the same time. Click and drag the file into the folder you just created. This copies the file over. Once you have copied it, you can now delete it. Be sure to delete it from your memory stick, and not the folder you just copied it to.

Step 5

Disconnect the cable from your device by turning the device off. You can then remove the cable from your computer and from your device.

Tips & Warnings

  • To delete multiple files at once, click the first file, then hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on the next file. Click Delete on your keyboard. You can also use the Shift key the same way. Holding down the Shift key will highlight all files above the file you just clicked.
  • You can also delete directly from your device. The instructions differ from device to device, so consult with your user manual on how to do it.
  • Make sure you have saved the data to your computer before you delete it from the memory stick. Once you have done so, you cannot recover anything from your memory stick.