How to Delete Music off a Flash Drive

Flash drives can provide convenient storage for music files in a small package. However, you may find that your flash drive has been overfilled with your large collection of songs and that you need to clear space for other files. Deleting music from a flash drive is as simple as deleting any file from a hard drive. All it will take is the click of the "Delete" key and your jump drive will have space for more music or other files.

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Deleting music files from a flash drive is easy.

Windows Users

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Plug the jump drive into an available USB port on your computer.

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Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key and the "E" key on the keyboard simultaneously.

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Open your flash drive.

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Select the files or folders you wish to delete. You can hold the "Shift" or "Control" keys on the keyboard to select multiple files at once. Make sure these are the files you want to delete or that you have backups, because they will be permanently removed from the flash drive after this step.

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Hold down the "Shift" key and "Delete" key simultaneously. A prompt will appear, asking if you want to delete the files.

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Click "OK" at the prompt. The files have been deleted from your flash drive.

Mac Users

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Plug your flash drive into an available USB port on your Mac computer.

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Open Finder by clicking the icon that looks like a face on the far left side of your Mac dock.

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Click your flash drive under the "Devices" heading on the left side of the Finder window.

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Select the files or folders you wish to delete. You can hold the "Shift" or "Control" keys on the keyboard to select multiple files at once. Make sure these are the files you want to delete or that you have backups, because they will be permanently removed from the flash drive after this step.

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Drag the files to the "Trash" on your Mac dock. Alternatively, you can drag it to the "Trash" icon on your desktop.

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Open the "Trash" folder.

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Click the "Empty" button on the right side of the window. A prompt will appear.

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Click the "Empty Trash" button. The music files have now been deleted from your flash drive.