Formatting a usb flash drive

By zatka ยท 14 replies
Dec 12, 2004
  1. hi guys,

    how do u format a usb flash drive in windows or linux?
    i have tried it thro' disk administration in windows, it completes 100% and then pops up a msg saying ' the format could not be completed.'
    is there any utility to do that? pls tell me of it as i am not able to use my flash drive.
    whenever i put the stik in usb port of my pc, windows asks me to format the drive. if i say yes it says windows was unable to format the drive.

    pls help me out.
    thanks in advance.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot
    On the desktop, doubleclick "My Computer", rightclick on your flashdrive, click on Format, in "File System" select FAT or FAT32, under Format Options click "Quick Format" and click "Start".

    Or, HP has a format-util, most likely it will work on any flashdrive.

    Another one here: X-format

    Check the website of that drive, they may have a format-util as well.
  3. feyikiz

    feyikiz TS Rookie

    Formatting a LG 256MB USB FLASH MEMORY

    I need help to format a 256 MB LG USB Flash Memory.

    Thanks for interests. :wave:
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Sounds like a bad flash drive.

    This is a certainty, but very likely...
  5. questionhog

    questionhog TS Rookie

    When checking the format success in My Computer>Rt click on the usb drive>properties>policies>write caching>safe removal>do you optimize for quick removal OR performance?
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  7. questionhog

    questionhog TS Rookie

    I did read 45834 before I posted. It didn't address the "quick removal" vs "performance" choice as I read it. These are choices for write caching using Windows or Windows plus the flash drive as I understand it.
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    I've had quite a few flash drives and I have never had one ask me for optimization...... just STOP the drive before unplugging it - always.
  9. questionhog

    questionhog TS Rookie

    I will certainly Stop before removing, thanks
    I still wonder about My Computer>Rt click on the usb drive>properties>policies tab?
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Once a flash drive is formatted you shouldn't format it again without a really good reason. I would guess a majority of times someone has a flash drive issue it spawned out of a reformatting attempt. There is no reason to format these things at all, simply delete the files.
  12. zerafatjou

    zerafatjou TS Rookie

    usb formating

    hello I am happey to accept me as a member of your group,I have problem to format my kigston usb datatraveler 4.o GB in windows Xp, windows prompt "couldn't complete formating" pls help me to solve the problem
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    this is a symptom that the flash drive is larger than the maximum FAT32 formatting
    XP can perform (Max = 32gb). Been there, done that.

    You mentioned Lunix as a formatting platform -- that is how I got mine formatted.
  15. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Jobeard, that post was from 2004 ;).
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