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Flash drive delete prompt.

  1. #1

    Flash drive delete prompt.


    When I delete files from the hdd I have it set not to prompt me. So how to I turn off delete prompt, when deleting files from flash drive.

    Henry

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Henry,

    By default, when you delete files on a local drive location, it's actually only sent to the Recycle Bin. You can then empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete the deleted files. Only local drives use the Recycle Bin.

    When you delete files from a network or removable drive location, the files do not get sent to the Recycle Bin. They are permanently deleted instead. This is why you are prompted to make sure that you really want to permanently delete them.

    There's not a way that I'm aware of to stop it from asking "Are you sure you to permanently delete this file?" for removable drives.
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    Actually I have my recycle bin properties set to: do not send files to recycle bin. So i figured maybe I could do the same with external media.

    Henry
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    64-bit Windows 10


    It would be nice, but since removable drives do use a Recycle Bin, the Recycle Bin settings do not get applied to them.

    I suppose that you could use a 3rd party program to permanently delete them without being prompted. Option One in the tutorial below may work for this.

    Permanently Delete - Add to Context Menu - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Oh well, what can we do but wait for change...oops I should have not said change, microsoft did, and look at the fallout.

    Funny I am an old timer and I love my windows 8 / 8.1 But what can you do. some like steak and potatoes, others like water with their gourmet cardboard dinner.
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    I hear you. Hopefully that context menu item will work for you as a workaround.
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  7. #7


    Will give it the "old college try".

    Henry
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Flash drive delete prompt.
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