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How to Corrupt A Flash Drive on Purpose

Want to discard a USB flash drive you no longer us? How to corrupt a flash drive on purpose so that nobody can reuse the flash drive or restore its data. Read the article and find instant solutions.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2024

There are a plethora of tutorials on the Internet telling people how to fix a corrupted flash drive without losing data. But are you the one who is looking for solutions to destroy a flash drive? Sometimes, people have the need to dispose a flash drive they no longer use, and they don't want anyone to reuse the drive, or fetch the data in it. They want to know how to corrupt a flash drive on purpose.

***Do not attempt to ruin the flash drive that should have preserved your homework or any assigned task as a disguise. 

usb corrupted image

What Does It Mean: Corrupt?

The corrupt or corruption can happen to both the device and the data! Here, to corrupt a flash drive means to disable a flash drive by using labor force or third-party hard drive destruction software. No matter which method you took in the end, the goal is to make it "disappear". In other words, till now no Windows computers, Mac or other digital products like a PS game console or TV can recognize a flash drive any more. There are two types of corruption which you can and cannot see.

#1. Signs of your flash drive have visually damaged:

  • The flash drive components have been torn apart
  • The flash drive has been burnt out
  • The flash drive has been submerged in water for many hours or days
  • The surface and the exposed chip on the flash drive have large bad scratches
  • Electrical surges when the flash drive is attached to other hardware

#2. Other signs for you to determine a flash drive corruption beyond eyes:

  • Windows cannot detect, recognize or read/write data to the flash drive
  • Connect the flash drive to a device but not showing up, or double-click won't open it
  • Data files on the flash drive appear distorted or display errors when you open it
  • Use professional data recovery software to scan the flash drive but nothing can be found

What Can Corrupt A Flash Drive?

A hammer, a hand drill, water, microwave, or a freezer? Wait. Do you want the flash drive physically damaged or temporarily paralyzed? Do not use the wrong force if you still want to keep the flash drive in a good state. Otherwise, just smash it with a hammer, or submerge it in water for a permanent erosion. It's that simple and you won't let me to teach you how to use the force, right?

But note. Some people would suggest you put it in a microwave and heat it up. Don't do that, or else what you finally destroyed is not only the flash drive but also the microwave! It's not safe to burn a digital/metal thing in a electronic appliance.

According to what I've learned on many forums like Reddit and Quora, many people who search answers to how to corrupt a flash drive are not meant to physically damage it, but pretend it to be corrupted. Is it the same request sent by you?

For most users without many computer skills, when they cannot open a flash drive or cannot locate a flash drive once connected, they'll accept it as a corrupted drive. Though smart people can look for many troubleshooting guides and make efforts to fix it and make it reusable again.

How to Corrupt A Flash Drive Using CMD

Windows DiskPart command lines are helpful in resolving most of your computer's hard drives, partitions, volumes and virtual hard disks issue. It troubleshoots hardware and software problems, at the same time, helps you wipe a hardware device like it has never existed. By this way, your flash drive will display it as an inaccessible drive, and usually send errors in the following like it has severely corrupt issues.

If your ultimate goal is to pretend the flash drive to be corrupted and unusable at the moment, apply the following commands.

Step 1. Connect your flash drive to a computer. Press Windows + X keys and run Windows Command Prompt as admin.

open command prompt with admin

Step 2. Enter the command lines given in the box each by each. Press Enter after each command.

list disk
select disk 1

At the step of "select disk 1", replace the number 1 with the correct disk number of yours. You can determine which disk number is the flash drive according to the size (capacity).

How to Wipe Out A Flash Drive and Corrupt It

The CMD method can make your flash drive unable to open, so is the data. However, once some smart people fixed the flash drive, they'll know how to recover data from it, at least experts can do that. Is there any way to completely erase data and never let the flash drive appear again? You can only rely on some third-party HDD or SSD data wipe software at this time.

EaseUS Partition Master, a powerful partition magic, enables you to do a powerful cleaning with more than 10 times erase on the flash drive. By a strong and effective wipe cleaning, your flash drive will suddenly disappear from the computer and so will the data. There is no data recovery utility or an expert can recover data from a wiped flash drive until now.

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Step 1. Connect the external devices to the PC. Then, right-click the external device, and choose "Wipe Disk".

Select to wipe disk

Step 2. Set the number of times to wipe data. (You can set to 10 at most.) Then click "OK".

select the times

Step 3. Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then click "Apply".

click ok

After wiping the flash drive with EaseUS Partition Master, you'll no longer see it showing up again in Windows Explorer once connected because it has turned into unallocated space. And, there is no way to restore data in it. 

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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