Storage devices are certainly the most functional hardware tools. Every time you modify files on a pen drive or memory card, you’re figuratively forcing it to its demise. A storage device has a limit of total actions done on it. A MicroSD card can have around one to tens of thousands of delete actions. So, every time you are deleting a file, you are playing your storage device’s substructure. Your device will get weak & less secure by the time. Throughout this, the insecure file transfers may place adware or virus junks in your storage that are not removed even after completely formatting the disk. Once entered, these junks corrupt stored files and ultimately the disk.
Formatting the disk is the option you will surely try in order to remove those insecure items. But this junk exploitation is not an easy thing to recover from. Formatting disk makes no real impact on virus infected drives. After formatting, unwanted files may disappear from sight but they won’t be completely removed. After a day or more of usage, you will see them popping back. They come from the deeply hidden sectors of your disk.
Not just the virus & adware but sometimes the device itself loses its structure after a certain amount of time. The structure-loss will result in an unusable disk. This mainly happens after the disk crosses a certain ( its warranty ) period.
Whatever be the reason, if your storage device is facing a trouble even after being formatted, or isn’t even able to format. You can either try buying fancy and appealing pen drives or just wipe & fix the older one to start afresh. For the latter you can use the method described below.
Make sure you have your pen drive or SD card or any other removable disk plugged in a Windows PC during this process.
My removable disk isn’t working!
- Click here to download Diskwipe for Windows (free). Diskwipe is just 1 MB in size and works as a portable software. That means you do not need to install it on your PC.
- Once downloaded, run it as an administrator.
- Diskwipe will scan for all the hard drives including the drive you inserted. Select the removable drive you want to fix. Diskwipe shows all drive-related information.
- Use wipe disk menu to wipe-out all the data from the disk. This will make your unusable disk re-usable. If it has hidden files or virus covering a portion of the disk, make sure to go through the next step.
My removable disk has some hidden files/virus!
- Now open command prompt as administrator.
- Type the drive letter of the removable disk. For example, D:
- Then type attrib -h -r -s /s /d D:\*.*
- Note that last D is the letter of removable disk. This may change from user to user.
- Now exit command prompt.
- Open your removable disk. You will now find all the hidden files that were causing trouble. Use any antivirus/security app to scan completely delete them.
This was all from me. I hope that you will be able to fix your damaged/infected disk and get a smoothly running pendrive with no troubles at all.
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