The storage devices we widely used nowadays are typically HDD and SSD, which always set up on a PC/Mac to install the operating system and store data files. Meanwhile, there are many other types of prevailing devices with more flexible use for different purposes. Yes, they are removable storage devices such as USB flash drive. The truth is that no matter what drive you’re using, it has an invalid file system so that Windows can recognize it and put it to use.
What’s more, it’s inevitable to develop bad sectors or corruption issues on a specified flash drive after long time use. By formatting, you can easily fix any USB flash drive, pen drive and memory stick that is write protected, virus infected, corrupted, damaged, unreadable, unrecognized by PC and Mobile.
So here comes the question, how to format a USB flash drive? This page mainly illustrates how to format a USB flash drive using Windows inbuilt Command Prompt, and the following is the detailed guide you should strictly follow.
How to Format USB Flash Drive from Command Prompt?
For your information, any form of disk formatting will completely erase data, so backup as many as important files before the start. Altogether, you’ll walk through the whole formatting process in eight steps, and the estimated time is unsure, depending on the USB flash drive capacity and used space on it.
Step 1. In Windows 10, for example, type cmd in the search box, you can get the best match called Command Prompt. Right-click on it and choose Run as administrator.
Step 2. On the Command Prompt window, type diskpart and press Enter.
Step 3. Type list disk and press Enter. According to the list disk information, check which disk is your USB flash drive. For example, disk 2.
Step 4. Now type select disk 2 and press Enter.
Step 5. Type clean. Wait some time for disk erasing.
Step 6. Type create partition primary and press Enter.
Step 7. After diskpart successfully created the specified partition, type format fs=ntfs and press enter. If you prefer other file system formats, change the command ntfs to the desired one such as fat32, exfat, etc.
Step 8. Type assign to create a drive letter to the flash drive.
Advantages of Using Diskpart CMD Format
As you know, there is more than one way to perform a format task in Windows OS, but why would we recommend you such a complicated approach? It’s the most helpful and powerful!
In some cases, you can only use Diskpart command to format a USB flash drive or hard drive. For example: