How to Delete Information From Thumb Drives

By Randall Shatto

Thumb drives are handy devices. They can hold a large amount of information. You can use a thumb drive to transfer information, programs or other applications to another PC, PS3 or Xbox360. This will allow you to play your personal collection of movies or music from other locations. However, thumb drives can fill up easily. However, deleting information will free up space to transfer other applications. You can remove one or several files as well as completely format the thumb drive.

Step 1

Insert the thumb drive into a free USB port on the PC. Open the "My Computer" icon for a list of current drives.

Step 2

Format the thumb drive. This will delete all information on the stick. Right-click on the "Removable Disk" drive. Select the "Format" option. Click "OK" or "Yes" to delete all files. Typically, letter "E:" or "G:" is the thumb drive. However, this depends on the amount of drives installed on the computer.

Step 3

Open the "Removable Disk" drive. Double- click on the drive. This will give you access to your thumb drive information.

Step 4

Remove one file. Right-click on the application. Scroll down to "Delete" and then click the "OK" button.

Step 5

Delete several files at once. Hold the "CTRL" key. Click on each separate file with your mouse. This will mark each file ready for deletion with a check. Select "File" in the toolbar. Scroll down to delete.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you delete information from your thumb drive, it goes to your "Recycle Bin." Right-click on the bin from your desktop. Select the "Delete Files" or "Empty Recycle Bin" option.