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How to Delete Corrupted Files from Flash Drives

March 7, 2013
English: A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive, SanD...

English: A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive, SanDisk Cruzer Micro, 4GB. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After you have used a flash drive over time, you may find a corrupted directory (a.k.a. folder) on the drive that requires removal.

This  tutorial on how to effectively remove corrupted files from your flash drive. Insert your flash drive into 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 space-bar on your keyboard. Click on either “My computer” or “Computer” (depending on your version of Windows).

Right click on your flash drive (e.g., Removable Disk Drive E: ). Go to “Properties” and select “Tools”.

Under “Error Checking” select “Check now”. On the “Check Disk Options” menu select “Automatically fix file systems errors and scan”. Then, click start.

Once completed the corrupted files should be removed. It is a food idea to also get and use virus software to scan your removable drive once you have finished.

If the above method doesn’t remove the corrupted directory try this one.

Right-click on the flash drive with the corrupted directory. Click “Format” on the 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.

Move the data that you copied from your flash drive to your computer before you reformatted the drive, dragging and dropping the files from your computer to the flash drive.

Make sure that you copy all data on your flash drive that you want to save to your computer before you execute the reformat command. The reason being that reformatting will completely erase the drive making all files on it un-recoverable.

 

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