How to I get rid of multiple values in Sandisk flash drive?

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  1. Posts : 52
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    How to I get rid of multiple values in Sandisk flash drive?


    Hi! How do I get rid of multiple values in Sandisk flash drive I have? When I put the flash into my computer, it shows a whole bunch of windows. Then I have the bother of x-ing them all out. I tried some online advice for that, which said to use Command prompt to do it. But I didn't find all the options they said to type in phrases next to. So I gave up on that method for now. I tried going into safe mode to fix the problem too. I tried to delete the excess drives, but they won't delete. I tried to format them all - but I got error message always saying it wasn't possible to format them. Any time I tried to open any of them up - I got all of those multiple screens showing. Which I had to bother of x-ing out again.

    I'll appreciate it if you can help me figure out how to fix this problem!
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  2. AndreTen's Avatar
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    What were the exact error messages?

    You can do it with dikpart command in command prompt. Assuming you want to delete all partitions and data on that drive:

    Open command prompt with admin rights (right click on it and select run as Admin)

    type
    diskpart
    then
    list disks
    select disk x
    (x is a number of your USB drive - be careful)

    clean
    Or you can use software like Minitool Partition Wizard (or other).
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    DebbyJ said:
    When I put the flash into my computer, it shows a whole bunch of windows. Then I have the bother of x-ing them all out....

    Sounds like you have AutoPlay turned on and set for 'Open folder to view files', and of course if you have multiple partitions on the flash drive that will mean multiple windows will open. Check your settings, and if necessary turn it off or set removable drives for 'Take no action'....

    Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 10

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  4. Posts : 52
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    Thread Starter
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    Here's advice I had found elsewhere, earlier today, to try to fix the problem:
    Open up Command Prompt. Type: diskpart. Type: listdisk. Type: Select disk [drive number] (but i haven't the faintest idea what the drive number is). That's where I quit in the process, as I can't figure out what the drive number is. In my PC window - I see about 9 drive partitions listed - each with a different letter.

    Here's how I'd done the process: After typing the word they say to type, I hit the enter key, which brings me to the next place where I was to type in the next phrase. Here's what I saw when I typed in, "listdisk"

    I can't show it just now - we have to go to town. I'll show it later. Bye. Ps; I did turn off the setting in auto play that says autoplay - and I did say no action in the next option below that. But that didn't get rid of all those windows either.
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  5. AndreTen's Avatar
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    listdisk are two words: list disk, as stated above (sorry I made typo disks is wrong)

    This is what I get:
    list disk
    number of my USB drive is "2"

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    select the disk in question with
    select disk 2
    You can check partitions (not necessary if you want to delete all)

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  6. Posts : 52
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    How to I get rid of multiple values in Sandisk flash drive?-command-prompt-4-6-2021.jpgHow to I get rid of multiple values in Sandisk flash drive?-disk-management.jpg

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    Hi! I have to type the phrases without any blanks between words, or else it doesn't work, on my computer (and it has error message saying it doesn't recognize it if I do it with space in between words) I looked in Computer management, and see that my flash drive is listed as being number 2. Here's what happens. I open up Command Prompt. I type in "diskpart". I hit enter key, and then I type in "listdisk", and hit enter key. Then I see a long list of commands. I type in "select disk2" - but then it just starts over with the heading of "diskpart" again. So it did nothing to fix the problem.
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  7. AndreTen's Avatar
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       #7

    You have to Start command prompt as admin

    Click on Start and start typing command. When command prompt appears, right click on it and select Run as admin


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    After that you will be able to run above commands
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  8. Posts : 1,252
    Windows 10 Home 2004 19041.804
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    Hi Debbyj,

    It looks like you haven't used an Administrative level Command Prompt.

    Type exit then enter to exit diskpart and then exit then enter to close the Command Prompt.

    From Search on the taskbar, type Command. A window will open and offer Command Prompt and below that line will be Administrative Command Prompt.

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    or
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    Here's a tutorial with 5 different methods of opening an Administrative Command Prompt. Try a few of them and decide on your preferred method.

    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10
    Last edited by W10 Tweaker; 1 Week Ago at 07:04.
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  9. Posts : 52
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    Thread Starter
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    Hi! I tried it again after selecting to do it with administrative rights. But the process looked the same as before, and it didn't fix anything.
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  10. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
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    Can you post a picture of that command prompt window?
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