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What is the Removable Storage Devices folder on my desktop

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. Actually, the users were reluctant to remove it, fearing that this might affect the entire OS.

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 do I delete the Removable Storage Devices folder?

1. Refresh your desktop

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 solutions from our guide.


2. Run a DISM command

  1. In the search bar, type cmd and you should see a black Command Prompt icon.
  2. Click on Run as administrator.
  3. In the command prompt window, type the following command and then press Enter: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth 

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.


Want to discover more about DSIM? Read our article and learn everything there’s to know about the DISM tool.


3. Run an antivirus scan

Your device might be missing important updates or might not work properly because of a virus or some malware.

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