What is the Removable Storage Devices folder on my desktop?

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  • You might have noticed a Removable Storage Devices folder on your folder and don't know what to do with it.
  • It's a ghost folder that can't be deleted, but certain methods to restore or repair the system can do the trick.
  • You can find useful troubleshooting guides in our dedicated Windows 10 errors Hub.
  • Additionally, take a look at our system errors section for more comprising guidelines and fixes.
how do i delete removable storage devices folder

After editing some photos on their computer or after using an SD card as an additional drive, many users reported that a new folder, called Removable Storage Devices, suddenly appeared on their desktop.

The folder contains the available devices and drives on the computer (sometimes it’s empty), and cannot be removed. Actually, the users were reluctant to remove it, fearing that this might affect the entire OS.

The folder was reported for the first time back in 2018, and it was also related to the same year’s October Windows 10 which caused many issues. Subsequent cumulative Windows 10 updates don’t seem to have fixed the situation.

Although the exact reason why this folder appears is unknown, users have tried several ways to get rid of it without damaging the system.


How to delete the Removable Storage Devices folder?

1. Refresh desktopwhat is removable storage devices folder

This is the simplest and most commonsensical solution that many users applied to get rid of the folder.

Namely, with a right-click on your desktop and selecting the Refresh option, the temporary files should be deleted. This solution removed the folder, but only for a certain time. Many users mentioned that the folder reappeared.

In this case, you might want to try the next solution.


2. Run a DISM commanddelete removable storage devices folder

  1. In the search bar, type cmd.
  2. Click on Run as administrator.
  3. In the command prompt window, type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and click Enter.

The process should take about 10-20 minutes to complete and should correct any faulty registry files.

Since it is possible that the Removable Storage Devices folder is connected to incorrectly configured system settings or broken entries in the Windows registry, this scan should fix the problem.


Read this article to learn everything there’s to know about the DISM tool in Windows 10


3. Run an antivirus scancan i delete removable storage folder

Your device might be missing important updates or might not work properly because of a virus or some malware. We recommend an in-depth antivirus scan just to be sure. You can use Windows’ built-in security tool, Windows Defender, or a third-party antivirus tool.


So these would be the recommended and handy solutions that should help you delete the Removable Storage Devices folder.

We skipped the rebooting step, which is sometimes helpful to remove temporary files; also, we didn’t recommend a fresh install of the OS, because it’s a more difficult job and probably unnecessary at this stage.

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FAQ: Learn more about desktop folders

  • What is a desktop folder?

The desktop folder is a regular folder that includes all the files you have stored on your computer’s desktop. You can explore this location using the brand new Windows 10 File Explorer.

  • Is it bad to save files on the desktop?

Not necessarily. The main reason why you save files to your desktop is for easy access. If you want to customize your desktop, check out our 8 best Windows 10 desktop customization software.

  • Is the desktop on the C drive?

Yes, the Desktop folder is found on the C drive. The easiest way to have access is to create a shortcut to the desktop. Have a look at our selection of the best shortcut software for Windows 10.

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