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How to format a USB flash drive


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USB-carriers are used for temporary storage of files and for transferring information from one computer to another.

Flash drives are usually connected to various computers, at work and away, so it's quite common to find a virus on them.

Therefore, from time to time it is worth doing medical formatting of the carrier.

You will need

  • - a computer-
  • - Administrator rights.



Connect the USB drive to the computer. Wait until the device is identified by the system and the corresponding partition letter appears in "My Computer". If your antivirus immediately reported a threat, let it "cure" the viruses. Right-click the "My Computer" icon and select "Manage." In the appeared window, in the left part of it, select the item "Disk Management". Wait until the operating system collects information about all media and displays it on the utility window.


Find your flash drive in the list of devices. Click on its section with the right mouse button and select "Format". The program prompts you to enter a volume label (the name of the media that will be displayed next to the letter of the section) and select the file system type. Leave the cluster size with the "default" flag, and also uncheck the box "Quick formatting". If you do not have enough time, leave the box, but in this case there will not be a hardware deletion of information, but only the scheme of the flash drive structure will be overwritten, and it will only "forget" about the information stored on it.


Click OK, agree with the system warningAbout the forthcoming removal of the entire contents of the section. Wait for the formatting process to finish. If there is more than one partition on the flash drive, repeat the procedure for each. You can also format the flash drive from the command line using the format command. To do this, click on the "Start" button. Then click on the "Run" button. Type format / fs: [type of system] and press enter if you want to format the partition from the command line.


If you need to format otherCarriers, then do it in a similar way. Also it is worth noting that after formatting it is best to check the media for viruses. Check all the drives of your computer and the registry at once to be completely confident in the security of the information.

How to format a USB flash drive Was last modified: June 21st, 2017 By Baimaejl
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