I found that it is not allowed to create new folder on my USB flash drive, which is drive G: in Windows 10 Explorer. When I right-click the blank space, the “New” option is missing. And pressing “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “N” isn’t working in creating a new folder. Any suggestions on fixing the issue?
4 fixes for cannot create new folder on flash drive
If you are unable to create new folder one your flash drive but can create new folder on other drives or desktop in Windows 10, it means that the issue is related to the drive (your flash drive might be in read-only status or under virus attack.) If you are in a similar condition, try one or more fixes to solve folder creation failure.
Fix 1. Remove write protection from the flash drive
When your flash drive is in read-only status, you can’t make any write protection on it, including creating new folders or file. To check out whether the drive is write-protected, you can press Windows + R, input “diskpart” and hit Enter to open Diskpart utility and run commands listed below:
select disk n
If Current Read-only State is Yes, it means that your flash drive is write-protected. You can remove write protection from it by running the command: "attributes disk clear readonly" to remove writp-protection from the drive.
Then, you’ll see a message saying “Disk attributes clear successfully”. And you can create a new folder on the flash drive.
If you aren’t capable of creating new folder on the drive with the error – Destination Folder Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action, you need to get permission from Windows Explorer.
Step 1. Right-click the flash drive (here is Removable Disk G:) in Windows Explorer and choose “Properties”.
Step 2. In the Properties window, click Security and Edit.
Step 3. Permission for local drive f pops up. Click “Add” and enable full control for your flash drive.
Fix 3. Run CHKDSK.exe to check and fix errors for your flash drive
If the flash drive isn’t write-protected and you have full control for it, you can run chkdsk.exe to repair the drive.
Step 1. In the Search box, input “cmd”, right-click “CMD” and choose “Run as administrator” to open CMD.
Step 2. Type "chkdsk g: /f” and press Enter to fix errors for the flash drive.
Step 3. After running CHKDSK.exe, you can type “exit” and hit Enter to close the window.
Fix 4. Reformat flash drive for repair
Reformatting can be an effective way to fix your flash drive. However, the operation will erase all data. Thus, you can clone flash drive for backup at first. Then, use a free & safe partition tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to complete format operation. It enables you to format drive to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2, Ext3, or Ext4. And can format large drive beyond 32GB to FAT32.
Step 1. In the Search box, type “system restore” and choose "Create a restore point" from the pop-up list.
Step 2. Click “Next”, and "System Restore"Then, choose a restore point and click “Next”.
Step 3. Click “Finish” to restore computer settings to the previous date.
As you can see, AOMEI Partition Assistant is really a handy tool for you to manage your disk and partitions easily and securely. The Pro Edition has more pragmatic functions, you can clone disk, secure erase an SSD or convert the system from MBR to GPT for Windows 11 upgrade.