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How to Clear a Pen Drive in 2022 [3 Easy Methods]

Tracy King

Sep 21, 2022 to Wipe Hard Dirve

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  • Duration: 3-5 minutes.
  • Applies to: Permanently clear content, wipe data in pen drives or USB flash drives.
  • Supported Devices: Pen Drive, Memory Stick, USB flash drive, SD card, external or internal HDD/SSDs.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
#1. Formatting Step 1. Connect the pen drive to your computer; Step 2. Open Windows File Explorer, locate...Full steps
#2. EaseUS BitWiper Step 1. Open EaseUS BitWiper and then select "Wipe Disk"; Step 2. Choose the external (Or USB, SD...Full steps
#3. CMD Step 1. Connect the pen drive to your computer; Step 2. Press Windows + R, type cmd, and click "OK"...Full steps

Are you looking for a reliable solution that helps you efficiently clear a pen drive completely wipe out everything saved in the drive? If yes, follow this page, and you'll get a complete guide to successfully clear a pen drive in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

Let's get started.

Can a Pen Drive Be Erased and Reused

Yes! A pen drive or USB flash drive can be erased and reused as an internal hard drive in Windows computers. When you have one of the following needs listed here, it's time you take action to clear a pen drive:

  • Wipe out all private information or personal data from a pen drive.
  • To completely erase the pen drive for sale or new usage.
  • Make everything deleted from the pen drive unrecoverable.

So how to clear a pen drive? 

How to Clear a Pen Drive Thoroughly? 3 Methods

Here, we collected three methods to help you clear a pen drive in Windows computers successfully:

  1. #1. Clear Pen Drive by Formatting
  2. #2. Clear a Pen Drive with Disk Clean Software
  3. #3. Clear Pen Drive with CMD

Formatting a pen drive is a quick way to clean the saved data. But if you tend to wipe out everything from a storage device completely, you can turn to Method 2 and Method 3 for help.

Warning
To avoid unnecessary data loss issues, it's essential that you back up valuable data to another secure storage device before clearing the pen drive.

#1. Clear Pen Drive by Formatting

Applies to: Quickly remove all saved files from the target pen drive.

Formatting is the quickest and easiest way that you can apply to clean up data from a storage device like a pen drive. However, if you simply want to restore a pen drive to its full size, you can follow the steps below for help:

Step 1. Connect the pen drive to your computer.

Step 2. Open Windows File Explorer, locate and right-click the pen drive, select "Format".

Step 3. Tick "Quick Format", select the file system as "FAT32" for 32GB or smaller size "ExFAT" for 64GB or bigger size. Click "Start" to execute the operation.

Format to clear pen drive

#2. Clear a Pen Drive with Disk Clean Software

Applies to: Efficiently clear a pen drive, wipe out everything, and make data unrecoverable.

When you completely wipe out a pen drive, erasing all saved data from the storage device, you can turn to reliable disk clean software for help. EaseUS BitWiper, with its disk wipe, partition wipe, and file shredder features, can fulfill your needs.

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It's efficient and easy for beginners to wipe out a pen drive with the help of EaseUS BitWiper:

Step 1. Open EaseUS BitWiper and then select "Wipe Disk."

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Step 2. Choose the external (Or USB, SD, Memory) hard drive to wipe. Then click "Next."

Important: Make sure you have chosen the targeted external disk. The data is irrecoverable.

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Step 3. Choose the proper wiping method based on the security level and wipe speed. And then click "Next."

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Step 4. Confirm the Warning message and then select "Wipe."

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Step 5. Wait for the wiping process to complete.

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#3. Clear Pen Drive with CMD

Applies to: Completely clear pen drive with disk wipe software alternative tool for free.

If you prefer a free solution to wipe out a storage device, CMD diskpart command line is a perfect choice. This method is a bit complete but a free solution that you can apply to clear all saved data from the pen drive completely:

Step 1. Connect the pen drive to your computer.

Step 2. Press Windows + R, type cmd, and click "OK" to open a command prompt.

Open CMD

Step 3. Type the following command lines and hit Enter each time:

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk * (Replace * with the disk number of your pen drive.)
  • clean all

The above command lines will completely clear your pen drive and wipe out existing partitions and data.

Clear pen drive via diskpart command

Step 4. Type the following command lines and hit enter each time to create a new partition on the pen drive:

  • list disk
  • select disk * (Replace * with the pen drive number.)
  • create partition primary
  • assign letter=* (Replace * with a new drive letter.)
  • format fs=fat32 quick

Create new partition using cmd

Step 5. Type exit to close the diskpart command prompt once done.

After this, you'll get a new partition created in the pen drive, and you can use it to store new data on the pen drive.

Completely Clear Pen Drive Is Easy, and You Can Make Your Pen Drive As Good As New

We collected 3 methods to help you clean up a pen drive and clear all saved data with success on this page.

As long as you make a backup of essential pen drive data, you can try any method to make your pen drive as good as new. For the easiest and complete way to wipe out a pen drive, EaseUS BitWiper is always available to help.

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