How to Fix a Broken Flash Drive

Flash drives, which may be carried in a pocket, work on any computer with a USB port. If a flash drive is affected by a virus or exposed to high temperatures, resulting in malfunction, formatting may erase any problems.

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Place the flash drive into a computer's USB port.

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Select "Control Panel" under the Windows "Start" logo, then "System and Security" and "Administrative Tools." Double-click "Computer Management."

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Click "Disk Management" in the left window pane.

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Right-click the flash drive and press "Format."

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Press the "Format" button.