Formatting USB in Command Prompt (CMD)
When you cannot format USB flash drive with the simple process mentioned earlier in the article then you have to use CMD. There are two ways to format USB in CMD. One is with the simple format command and other is using Diskpart command. Firstly, we will discuss the procedure of formatting USB in CMD with format command.
Formatting USB Flash Drive in CMD (Diskpart Command)
Step 1: Open the Windows Command Prompt and key in “diskpart” and click enter.
Step 2: A Window will pop up and ask you to ask you if you want to allow the Diskpart software to run your computer. Click on the “Yes” button to proceed.
Step 3: A new window will pop up. Then Key in “List disk.” It is vital you know which disk is the USB Key You`re formatting. This command list all storage media connected on your PC.
Step 4: Key in “Select disk,” select the disk you wish to format. In this case. If your selection is successful, you`ll see “Your Disk is now selected the selected disk.”
Step 5: Type “Clean” to format your flash disk drive with cmd. If the formatting is successful.
Step 6: Then enter, “create partition primary” to create a specified partition.
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 format fs=fat32.
- As Linux file system Ext2/3 is not compatible with Windows OS, you can refer to a UBS format tool in Part 2 for help.
Step 8: Type assign to add a drive letter to the flash drive.
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