9 Best Memory Card & Pen Drive Tips

There are times when you would imagine and think about what can be done with the external memory devices other than storing or transferring data. 

Memory Card & Pen Drive Tips

Memory Card & Pen Drive Tips

Well, I have the answers here where you can carry out plenty of memory Card & Pen Drive Tips and Tricks, which will surely help you hide some of the files you want or do much more with the memory device which is just amazing.

1. Change Pen Drive or Memory Card Icon Using Windows 10

So, this trick will help you customize the icon of the memory device which you wish to. Most of the users are unaware of this customization option which makes it more unique. So, head on to the steps section to begin the customization process.

change pendrive icon

Steps:

  1. Insert the memory device
  2. Select the photo or image which you want to select the icon 
  3. Then open the image with paint 
  4. Make sure to copy the image to the memory drive
  5. Now, edit or do whatever you want to do
  6. Then, save it as BMP picture
  7. Now, create a text document
  8. Change the extension of that text document to .inf 
  9. Rename it “autorun
  10. Now, open it with notepad
  11. Then type “[autorun]” and enter
  12. Type “icon=file name.bmp” 
  13. Now press Ctrl+S to save the command
  14. And done
  15. Now, unplug the memory device and plug it again

Make sure to change the attributes of .bmp and .inf file to read only and hidden because once any of those are deleted, the icon gets reset/default. It is one of the good Memory Card & Pen Drive Tips and Tricks.

2. ​Make Pen drive or Memory Card Write Protected Using Command Prompt

There are times when you leave your memory devices at someone’s place or even at your own place, you are worried about the contents inside it which is quite obvious because you would not want anyone to see because sometimes it’s personal and also highly sensitive professionally. 

So, what you can do to restrict the transfer of the contents inside the device to other systems is by making Memory Card Write Protected with the hep of the following steps. Make sure that your contents can still be accessed but not transferred.

set attributes readonly

Steps:

  1. Click on windows search bar
  2. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  3. Right click on it and Run it as administrator
  4. Type “diskpart” and enter
  5. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  6. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  7. Type “attributes disk” and enter to view the attributes of the disk driver
  8. Type “attributes disk set readonly” and enter to enable Read-only
  9. And done

Now, your memory device is write protected and if in future you wish to clear the write protection then all you have to do is type “attributes disk clear readonly” after following the above-mentioned steps.

3. Hide Files of Your Pen drive & Memory Card Using Windows 10

So, to hide the files of the memory device you will have to follow certain steps which you might already know, and also you can perform it within seconds. In addition, disabling the hide option is also as easy as hiding the files.

This method is quite basic and you can call it a temporary method because users these days are well aware of this option to hide files.

hide files 2

Steps:

  1. Insert the memory device
  2. Open My PC
  3. Open the driver 
  4. Select the particular file or all of them
  5. Right click on selected files 
  6. Click on properties
  7. Click on the Hidden check box
  8. Click ok
  9. And your selected file is hidden

To disable the hide option or view the hidden files

Steps:

  1. Look for options on the top section in My PC itself
  2. Click on View
  3. Then look for Hidden items check box
  4. Then, click on it
  5. Select the particular file or all of them
  6. Right click on selected files 
  7. Click on properties
  8. Click on the Hidden checked box
  9. And now you can view all the hidden files in the system

Keep in your mind that this is a very basic feature which most of the users are aware of.

4. Protect Your Important Files in Pen drive or Memory Card

So, this method also allows you to hide or encrypt the particular files in the memory device. This method will be helpful to you when you don’t want anyone to even access the file contents in the memory device.

7Zip 2

For this you will have to download 7Zip tool which basically converts the file to a .zip file and protects it by enabling a password option to it.

Steps:

  1. Download the tool 
  2. Then select the particular file
  3. Right click on it
  4. Through 7Zip select the option Add to archive
  5. Now, look for encryption option and set password
  6. Then click on ok
  7. And within few seconds your files are encrypted

Now, a .zip file will be automatically created in the memory device itself. And that can be only accessed when the user has the password to it. 

So, to access the file all you have to do is enter the password, copy the file and paste it in your system or anywhere and done.

Download : 7Zip Tool

5. ​Change Folder Icon into Your Picture

By performing this trick you can expect some of your friends to be confused because you don’t expect an image or photo in a folder icon. So, you can also call it a trick to hide which is highly vulnerable because within two clicks one can access.

So, to customize the icon of the folder follow the below mentioned steps.

change folder icon 1

Steps:

  1. Select the photo or image which you want to select the icon 
  2. Then open the image with paint 
  3. Now, edit or do whatever you want to do
  4. Then, save it as BMP picture
  5. Now, right click on the particular folder
  6. Go on to properties
  7. Click on customize
  8. Then browse to select the picture that is already saved as .BMP file
  9. And done

6. ​Remove Extension Trick

So, this is also one of the methods to hide the content or a particular file in the memory device. Basically, you will have to remove the extension i.e. JPEG or PNG or whatever of the particular file. 

Removing the extension of the file will not allow the user to view the file and eventually an error will show up on the screen. Here are the steps to remove the extension. It is one of the best among the Pen Drive Tips and Tricks.

Remove

Steps:

  1. Open the particular memory device driver
  2. Right click on the file to be hidden 
  3. Then just rename it by removing the extension at the end
  4. And enter
  5. Now the icon of the file will also not be shown
  6. And when opened, it will show an error

7. Remove Shortcut Virus from Pen drive and Memory Card

There are times when you must have noticed that there are some unwanted shortcuts that are automatically created in the memory device. 

Basically, those are viruses in the driver which can be removed with few commands or it can also lead to other bugs and issues regarding usage.

So, here are the steps to remove shortcut virus from the memory device. Suppose the drive letter is E.

remove shortcut virus

Steps:

  1. Insert the memory device
  2. Note the letter of the particular drive
  3. Click on windows search bar
  4. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  5. Right click on it and Run it as administrator
  6. Type “F:” and enter
  7. Then type “attrib –h –s /s /d e:*.*
  8. And done

Make sure to select the correct drive letter and follow the steps. So, this way shortcuts virus can be removed.

8. Make Pen drive or Memory Card Bootable Windows 10

So, this is one of the most essential tricks which is highly beneficial for any of the users these days. 

rufus make bootable

You will need a 3rd party tool i.e. Rufus. Hence, head on to go through the steps to make your pen drive bootable. Also, make sure that the size of ISO file is way too less than the pen drive memory so that there won’t be any issues regarding the space.

Steps:

  1. Now, download Rufus
  2. Insert the memory device
  3. It will automatically detect the memory device, still you can confirm
  4. Now, Click on windows search bar
  5. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  6. Right click on it and Run it as administrator
  7. Type “diskpart” and enter
  8. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  9. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  10. Now, you will see the GPT column if there is * then it is GPT and if not then MBR
  11. Once, you have confirmed whether it is GPT or MBR
  12. Select the Partition scheme and target system type in Rufus
  13. Now, in format option change it to 2 passes
  14. Then, select the ISO file from the driver 
  15. Now, select Standard windows installation and check box to Create extended label and icon files
  16. Now, start
  17. Within few minutes it will automatically finish the process 

Download : Rufus

9. ​Portable Software in Your Pen drive or Memory Card

There are times where you visit any place and somehow you couldn’t carry the system or any device where you can work. At these times you can carry a memory device and make it portable to use and save work or projects within the memory device which is just amazing.

There will be no files saved regarding your work in the system where you do it rather it will only be saved in the memory device. Hence, follow the below mentioned steps.

portable apps

Steps:

  1. Download the tool
  2. Then go through the basic steps of installation
  3. Select the location i.e. the memory device which you wish to use 
  4. So now, you can choose among 400 software from the website Portable App
  5. Then, choose the particular software you want to install
  6. If you face issue then you can also choose the software by categorizing it
  7. Or you can directly select the set of software from the installed Portable Software in the pen drive
  8. And done!

Download : Portable Apps

Make sure that this trick has limited software to offer which kind of makes sense.

FAQs

How can I check original memory card?

Well, if it works fine then it is an original one or you can also search for the post on our website where you might find much better ways to acknowledge whether the memory card you use is a genuine one or not.

How can I repair my memory card?

You can repair your memory card by directly formatting the memory card or just back-up the data in it using Recuva or Recover-It and then format it using CMD. To look through a detailed guide, search on our website there are tonnes of posts regarding memory device troubleshooting.

What to do if pendrive is not working?

First of all, cross check the pen drive in other systems if it is still not working then it is physically damaged and if it shows any errors then there is a driver issue which can be fixed. To seek solutions, search for the issue on our website.

How to use pen drive as a Ram?

Well, for this you will have to go through the 8th trick which shows the detailed guide to transform the ordinary pen drive into a portable RAM.

Conclusion

So, these were the 9 best Memory Card & Pen Drive Tips and Tricks which you can try every now and then. Also, if this post helped you or introduced you to new tricks then do share it with your friends and family who might find it useful.

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Shreyash Pradhan
Member of Team TJ and a potential geek!

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