unable to to delete any files from USB

Asked by ussridar

USB Has files. I am able to view the files. However I am not able to delete the files or format the USB. Further
 When you right click and see the properties, delete function is not selected. This has happend while
copy a file from hardisk to USB.

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Ian Ace (iaculallad) said :

Had you tried formatting it with gparted?

sudo apt-get install gparted


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Trygve Vea (trygve-vea-gmail) said :

I would guess that this is because the device is mounted read-only. If it's an external harddrive formatted in Windows, it's probably formatted as NTFS. You need to change the filesystem and format it again.

Install the ntfsprogs and gparted package, and use gparted to format the device as fat32 (if you want to access the device from other Operating Systems as well), or ext3/4 if you only want to access the device from Linux.

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