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When you delete files from a flash drive or external hard drive, files go to a trash bin located physically in the drive.

But in the GUI, both the external drive's trash and the computer's trash are coalesced into one. When you empty the trash you are emptying both trashes. That also seems to be the case for OS X and Windows.

I could, obviously, delete the trash on the flash drive using the terminal, but it seems to me there should be a way of emptying the flash drive trash without emptying the computer's trash using the GUI.

Is there one in Ubuntu ?

  • as you said: "delete the trash on the flash drive using the terminal". Another alternative might be to open nautilus with gksu and navigate to the drive in question (showing hidden files) and dump it from there. It seems easier to use the terminal or simply not put things in the trash you don't wish to delete. – Elder Geek Nov 27 '14 at 15:11
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    @ElderGeek Not all users are technical users. Not all users know or should know about terminal sessions or showing hidden files. There are a few children, housewives and grandmas using Ubuntu. For them is I'm asking the question for. – Tulains Córdova Nov 27 '14 at 15:45
  • I pointed to both options in my comment. – Elder Geek Nov 28 '14 at 15:10
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When you open flash drive press CTRL+H or through menu View > Show hidden files, hidden folder should appear .Trash-1000 or similar. Delete this folder like normal file, you will be prompted with ask "Remove it permanently?", press delete button. Or delete this folder by selecting it and pressing Shift+Del.

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    Not all users are technical users. Not all users know or should know about terminal sessions or showing hidden files. There are a few children, housewives and grandmas using Ubuntu. For them is I'm asking the question for. – Tulains Córdova Nov 27 '14 at 15:45
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    @user1598390 what Paul suggests is purely GUI, no terminal is mentioned. – Jacob Vlijm Nov 27 '14 at 15:48
  • @JacobVlijm ... or showing hidden files with arcane names. – Tulains Córdova Nov 27 '14 at 15:51
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    You can go thru menu instead of CTRL+H, in your files: View > Show hidden files – Paul B Nov 27 '14 at 16:05
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    Children are able to pick things up pretty quickly, and housewives and grandmas are smarter than you give them credit for. I think this is about as simple as this task can be made, without changing file manager things drastically. – evilsoup Nov 27 '14 at 16:34

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