How to Fix a Broken Flash Drive

By Steven Diggs, Jr.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Click "Disk Management" in the left window pane.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Press the "Format" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the flash drive in a dry area.
  • Do not remove the drive from the computer while it is being formatted.