USB flash drives are often used as data storage devices in work and life. However, as times goes by, your USB flash drive sometimes doesn’t work well. More seriously, it can’t be formatted or your partition of this USB may show wrong capacity, which bring many troubles to you. In this case, it is a possible solution to clean the drive or remove its partitions, which will wipe the entire data you select so that your USB flash drive can work normally again.
In order to do this work, Windows built-in Disk Management only delete partitions but can’t erase the partition table from your disk. So this post will introduce you two useful ways to ensure this operation can be finished well.
Before you do, there are two important points you should pay attention to, which is that you had better make a backup for your important files since cleaning USB will completely wipe all disk data. In addition, please be careful to select a correct flash drive, otherwise, an accidentally wrong disk wipe will happen.
Then after making a backup, now it is time to clean USB drive. Generally, there are two methods, so try them now.
As you know, Windows owns a tool which is called Command Prompt which can be used to do a clean. Just do as the following steps:
1. Connect your USB flash drive to your computer.
2. Then run Command Prompt as administrator.
3. Type “diskpart”.
4. Then type “list disk”.
5. Type “select disk n”. N refers to the number of disk which you want to clean.
6. Type “clean” to clear your USB flash drive.
With this way, it is possible to type a wrong command line, so in order to ensure a 100% successful operation, you can try the second way.
In addition, you also can use a third-party tool to clear USB. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard will be a good choice to do this work. As a professional and reliable partition and disk manager, it can be used to delete partition, format partition, wipe partition/disk, extend/resize partition, migrate OS to SSD/HD, copy disk, recover lost partition and so on. Among its powerful features, “Wipe Disk” function can be used to do a USB clean well. The step-by-step guidance is below.
Step 1: Download MiniTool Partition Wizard, then install it on your PC. Connect your USB flash drive to the PC.
Step 2: Then launch this partition magic. In the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, select the USB you want to clean, and then click “Wipe Disk” from “Operations”. Or right click the USB flash drive, and click this feature.
Step 3: Then select a wiping method according to your needs. Here “Fill Sectors with Zeros” or “Fill Sectors with One” method is recommended.
Step 4: Then click “Apply” to execute this change.
With MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can easily clean USB drive. After fishing this clean, you can create new partitions with this unallocated space.