Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to Format a USB Flash Drive

How to Format a USB Flash Drive :

It is always good that from time to time you do formate for some of USB drives especially if they start to bug or do not reading files good anymore like before. Formating process make ready any drive (USB Flash Drive, Floppy, HD, External HD) for initial use and also clean (delete) all data from your drive (including the viruses which they maybe contain and that you even do not know about them). Nowadays is very simple to format any drive and you do not need to be an expert for knowing how its work. This process is very well done in all Windows systems especially at the new ones (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8...) and if you are beginner you just need to follow the next steps which I describe above this text :

Before Start : Connect your USB Flash Drive to the computer and wait for it to load... When loading is finish close pop-up window which will appear (or enter in disc and copy all important data that you have from your Flash to Hard Disc before we start).




Step 1 : Enter in "My Computer". When you locate your USB Flash Drive do right-click on it and then from menu chose Format...


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Step 2 : From the window that appears, you can set all the Formatting data which you need for this process :

-Capacity show you how much memory have your USB Flash .

-File System gives option to chose formating system that you prefer the most. For example Fat32 (Default) is the best choice if you have lot of small files with different extensions and you wont to copy that date in different operating systems like Windows, Linux, MAC... NTFS is best for typical video-music files and multimedia documents which you can moving from one to another or the same Windows system (in this case I will chose Fat32 (Default) because it is the most used one).

-Allocate Unit Size is the block size on your Flash or other store drives. If you have lots of small files, then it’s a good idea to keep the allocation size small so your drive space won’t be wasted. If you have lots of large files keeping it higher will increase the system performance by having less blocks to seek (most of the people use Default Allocation Size so if you are just a basic user than this will be the best option for you).

-Volume Label is the name of your Flash Drive which you can change and write name that you like.

-Quick Format. Depending on whether you want basic formatting or detailed one you will check or un-check this option (if quick format did not help you than you can tray with normal longer formating)

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Step 3 : When you set formating options which you prefer just do left-click on Start button and then again left-click on OK when pop up warning appear to confirm. Wait till process is finish.

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DONE ! Your USB Flash is now completely formated, ready for use and if everything is right you will have empty memory which will work normally or even better then last time. This process is possible to make on the same way for Floppy Disk, Hard Drives and Memory Cards.

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