If you have nothing important on the drive that you are trying to recover, just reformat the drive. Since you said you are not very technical I'll give you some easy to follow instructions on how to do so.
First off, open up a terminal (
t) and type the following commands:
sudo apt-get install gparted
This will install and open a program called gparted which is a very simple to use yet very powerful piece of software that will allow you to reformat you USB. The
sudo command will prompt you for a password which should be the same as you login password.
Once gparted is open, select your USB in the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen.
The USB will need to be unmounted for you to perform any actions on it so keep that in mind. Be absolutely sure that the device you select is your USB! I have learned from personal experience that lack of attention during this step can be disastrous (accidentally wiped my entire hard drive :/).
After selecting you have selected the USB device, click on one of the colored rectangles that represent the different partitions on your USB. Your USB should only have one.
Then click on the
Partition option on the menu at the top of the screen and followed by a click on the
Format to option within that menu. There are several formats that will be made available to you but most USBs come pre-formatted as FAT32 so I would suggest just sticking with the default.
Now that you have selected FAT32 as the format, click on the green check mark just below the
Partition menu option and gparted will do the rest!
Unless something is wrong with the hardware of the USB, this should fix your problem. I actually had this same issue just a couple days ago. Hope this helps and welcome to Ubuntu!