A flash drive is a small, portable data storage device that allows you to store content to use for backup or as a secondary drive. A flash drive gives you the convenience of additional storage capacity for your computer and also lets you easily transfer your data to another computer. After you have used a flash drive over time, you may find a corrupted directory on the drive that requires removal.
Connect the flash drive to your computer. Once your computer recognizes the drive, copy all of the files on the flash drive that you want to keep to your computer desktop.
Click on the “Start” button on your desktop to open the Windows Start menu. You can also do this by pressing the “Windows” key, located next to the spacebar on your keyboard.
Click on the “Computer” option on the right side of the Start menu. A list of devices connected to your computer will be displayed.
Right-click on the flash drive with the corrupted directory. Click "Format" on the context menu.
Click on the “Quick Format” option from the list of formatting options and then click “OK.” The flash drive will be reformatted and the corrupted directory will be removed.
Restore the data that you copied from your flash drive to your computer before you reformatted the drive by repeating the file copy procedure described earlier, dragging and dropping the files from your computer to the flash drive.
- Copy all data on your flash drive that you want to save to your computer before you execute the reformat command. Reformatting will completely erase the drive.
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