Formatting Microsoft® Windows® USB Drive
Find out ways to format Windows USB Drive and steps to resolve the issues while formatting it.
The USB or the Universal Serial Bus is the flash drive, which can be used as a rewritable storage device. These devices are highly portable and easy to use. You need to just insert the drive in the USB port and can open the icon in the My Computer window to work with it. But, you may sometimes need to format the drive. You need to do so if you get some error messages like "Unable to access", "Write protection", "Track 0 errors" and "Size is 0 byte". These issues may come up due to some corruption in the USB drive and the final step to fix these issues is to format the drive. But, you may get some issues while formatting the drive. One among the issues include the data loss, which can be resolved if you have a backup of data with you. It is possible that the other USB drives connected to your system may get damaged while formatting a particular drive. You need to take care of removing all other USB drives while the formatting process is taken place. You need to take care of using FAT 32 method for formatting the drive, only if the drive has up to 256 MB of storage capacity.
Here are different ways to format the USB flash drive in Windows system:
- Using GParted
- Using FAT32 file system
- Using Low Level Format Tool
You can use some tools for formatting the Windows USB drive. The GParted is one among such tools. You can get this tool from different websites. You need to just install the tool in your system and restart the system. You need to then browse to the folder, 'System: Administration: Gnome Partition Editor'. You can then insert the USB flash drive and start the tool. Select the drive from the dropdown menu included in the upper right window of GParted interface. You need to then just right-click the drive icon and choose the Format option.
Using FAT32 file system
You can format the USB drive with FAT32 file system. For this, you need to insert the drive and find the drive displayed in the My Computer window. You need to right-click the drive and select the Format option. In the 'File System' drop-down menu, select the 'FAT32' option. You can then click the 'Format' button and can see the formatting process getting started.
You can use the Low Level Format Tool to format the Windows USB flash drive. For this, you first need to install the tool from Internet. Then, you need to insert the USB flash drive and start the LLF Program. You can then see the USB drive displayed in the program window and you need to click the USB icon and then click the 'Continue' button. This formats the USB flash drive.
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