Empty the Trash from your removable drive with Curb

runs on Mac
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Windows' Recycle Bin and Mac's Trash are a pretty cool idea. Rather than having things go way when you delete them, à la UNIX, when you delete files on these systems they just go into a holding area that gets them out from under foot but doesn't really delete them, just in case you need to recover them later. Once you really are sure you're done with a deleted file or three, you just "empty the Trash", and they really go away.

When you mount a removable drive on your system—like a USB thumb drive—file deletion works the same way: delete really means "put it in the Trash." now fast forward to a situation where you want to pass your thumb drive along to somebody else, but you want to make sure that everything you don't want to share is deleted from that drive. As it sits right now, the only way to do that is to empty the Trash for your whole system. That may be okay, but if you've got files you deleted from your own hard drive, you may not be ready to chuck the whole pile at once.

Curb is a tool that can help you with this dilemma. When you want to clean up your USB drive, instead of emptying your system Trash, you just drag your drive—actually its icon—onto Curb and it automagically gets rid of those deleted files on your removable drive, but without messing with the rest of the files in our system's Trash folder.

You can download this app for your Mac for free. It runs under OS X 10.5 and later, on both Intel and PowerPC machines.

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