Flash drives are thumb-sized storage devices that allow users to store music, audio, text and other files. Improperly removing a flash drive from your computer or downloading corrupt files can cause your flash drive to stop working properly. You can restore your flash drive to its original state by debugging it, although debugging your flash drive will erase all files stored on it. Things You’ll Need
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Insert the flash drive into your computer’s USB port. Click “Start”, click “My Computer” or “Computer”. In the window that opens, double click on the name of your flash drive to open it. Highlight all the files listed in the flash drive folder, and right click. Select “Copy”. Close the window and right-click on the desktop. Select “Paste” to paste files from your flash drive to your desktop.
Click “Start” from the bottom left corner of your desktop and select “Control Panel”. In the “Control Panel” folder, select “System and Security” and then “Administrative Tools”, or go directly to “Administrative Tools” if available. In the “Administrative Tools” folder, double-click “Computer Management”. If you use password protection on administrative files and folders, or are not logged in as an administrator, you will be prompted to enter your password to continue.
Select “Disk Management” under the heading of “Storage” in the left-hand panel of the screen. Right-click on the name of your flash drive and select the “Format” option from the menu that appears.
Select “OK” in the Format dialog box that appears to format your flash drive using the default settings. Select “OK” once more to finish the formatting process. Once the formatting process is complete, highlight the files moved from your flash drive to the desktop. Right click on them and select “Copy”. Select “Start” and click “My Computer” or “Computer”.
Open the folder for your flash drive and select “Paste” to restore your files to your flash drive.
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