Deleting Files from a read only flash drive


I actually have a few flash drives that are read-only and I want to be able to continue to use them. But I do not know how to remove their contents. I see that I cannot with the Files utility. I did try ls -l / but that did not show me the flash drive directory.

I am at a loss as to how to do so.

If you’re still on Zorin or another Ubuntu based distro (e.g. Mint), you should find an application called disks when you click the “Show Applications” icon (3x3 grid of 9 dots) on the very left hand side of the dock.

Open the disks app and make sure you’ve selected the usb disk you want to delete. Then click the 3 dot elipse on the top right of the application. This will drop down a menu that will allow you to format the usb disk. If you intend to use the usb disk on Windows systems too then format it to Fat32, else format it to Ext4.

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That’s fantastic - thanks!