There are several reasons to format a USB stick. For example, if you want to use the stick as an installation medium for Windows or if you suspect that the rod is affected by malware. Read how to format a Pendrive.
Step by Step Guide: How to create your own Bootable Pendrive
If you have problems to create a bootable Pendrive or want to format your USB Flashdrive the right and easiest way for Mac, Windows 7 and 10. In this guide, we show you several ways how to perform this process.
- First: Find an old Pendrive with at least 8 GB or buy a new one.
- Second: Connect the Pendrive to your Computer.
- Third: Follow the Steps explained in this Guide below.
How to format Pendrive for Windows 10
If you want to format a Pendrive using File Explorer, use these easy steps:
- 1. Press the [Windows] and [E] key at the same time so that the Explorer opens.
- 2. Switch to “This PC” on the left, here you will find your USB stick.
- 3. Right-click on the USB stick and select the “Format” option.
- 4. Here you can choose between different settings. If you have no special requirements, click on the “Restore device standards” button.
- 5. With “Volume designation” you can give the USB stick a name if required.
- 6. Activate the quick formatting to complete the process as quickly as possible. If you keep the USB stick and do not pass it on, the quick formatting is sufficient.
- 7. Formatting starts with the “Start” button. Depending on the size of the USB stick, this process can now take a few seconds to minutes.
Once you complete these steps, you can start storing documents, pictures, videos, and other files on the removable drive.
How to format Pendrive in Mac
You can review all of the following steps on the images below. To format a USB stick on your Mac, first, connect it to your computer via a USB port.
- 1. Depending on the setting, a window appears showing how the medium should be handled. Close this pop-up.
- 2. Enter “Disk Utility” in the Spotlight search. You can find the search in the top right of your menu bar by clicking on the small magnifying glass.
- 3. Confirm with the [Enter] key.
- 4. On the left, in the hard disk utility menu, you will see the name of your USB stick listed. Select it by tapping on the name.
- 5. Switch to the “Delete” tab.
- 6. With “Format” you can now choose between the predefined reformatting such as “FAT” or “Journaled”.
- 7. You can rename the stick under “Name”.
- 8. If you have sensitive data on the stick and want to make sure that it is completely deleted, you can use the “Security Options” button to overwrite your USB stick up to seven times.
- 9. Click on “Erase” to finally format your USB stick.
How to format Pendrive for Windows 7
- 1. Insert the USB stick into a free USB slot on your computer and wait a few seconds.
- 2. Press the key combination [Win – R] and enter explorer.
- 3. Now you can see all drives connected to your computer, including the USB stick.
- 4. Right-click on the symbol of the USB stick.
- 5. Select Format from the context menu.
- 6. In the window that appears, the file system option is particularly important.
If you also want to use the USB stick with other operating systems such as Linux or Mac OS X, select FAT32 here.
If you only want to use the stick with Windows, select NTFS here.
- 7. If you only want to quickly delete all data on the USB stick, leave the Quick format option switched on.
- 8. If you want to carry out thorough reformatting, switch off the quick formatting.
- 9. Give the stick a name under the volume name.
- 10. Click Start to start formatting. After a few seconds, the USB stick will be formatted.
How to format Pendrive in cmd
Most of the time, if the computer cannot recognize a USB drive, you can try formatting the USB stick via Diskpart. Diskpart is a built-in tool that manages your hard drives. You can use it to format hard drives including internal or external hard drives. Formatting the USB stick with Diskpart is much more effective than Windows Explorer. Here we show you an example of how to format the USB drive with Diskpart while it is not displayed in Windows Explorer.
- 1. Open the command prompt by entering “cmd” in the search field, right-clicking on the program and selecting “Run as administrator”.
- 2. Type “diskpart” and press Enter to run the program.
- 3. And then type “list disk” to list all the disks on your computer.
- 4. Type “select disk 1” and press enter. Here disk 1 is the USB drive.
- 5. Type “clean” and press Enter.
- 6. Now type “create partition primary”, press Enter.
- 7. Type “format fs = fat32 quick” or “format fs = ntfs quick” and press Enter to format USB drive to FAT 32 or NTFS as required.
Finally, type “exit” to end this and you have already completed the task of formatting the USB stick with Diskpart. Then you can activate the partition and assign drive letters for the USB drive. But Diskpart is not dangerous for people who are not familiar with Diskpart because all operations cannot be undone once progress has started.
How to make bootable Pendrive Windows
Step 1: Open the hard drive program
The hard disk program can be found via the Windows console. To do this, use the search bar to search for “cmd.exe”, which will result in the “command prompt”.
You can now enter various commands in this window. We need “diskpart”. Enter this and confirm with entering. Then comes a security question and you confirm it with YES. Now the program “diskpart.exe” opens, which we now need.
Step 2: prepare the stick
Now a new console window opens. In this, you first enter “list disk” to get a list of all available physical storage media.
You must now find your USB stick in this list. The fastest way to find it is to look for the storage space. If you have found it, you have to mark it now. It works like this:
- Note the number of your desired data carrier
- Select it with the following: “select disk (NUMBER)”
An asterisk or dot should now appear in front of the desired data medium. Make sure once again that you have selected the correct data carrier, i.e. the USB stick that you want to make bootable.
To make the USB stick bootable, you have to clean it first. It’s straightforward: Since you have already selected it, you now have to type “clean” and confirm with entering. The process will then be established to you.
Step 3: Partition the USB stick
Now a new partition has to be created. You do this with the command “create partition primary”. You then have to activate it by entering and confirming “active”.
However, we must not forget the last step for the partition, because you still have to determine the format of the formatting. In this case, you use the command “format FS = NTFS quick”. So now our partition is ready, and the stick is bootable and prepared for use.
However, one small thing is still missing. So that Windows can prescribe the data carrier in the data system, it needs a drive letter. The hard disk program can assign this itself by entering and confirming “assign” in the console.
Step 4: Play Windows on the USB stick
To equip the stick with the operating system, you must first download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
Once you’ve done that, open the program, accept the license agreement, and follow the steps below:
First select “Installation medium (USB stick, DVD or ISO file) for another PC” and click on
Then you have to choose your preferred language, Edition (Windows 10), and the architecture (you usually use 64-bit). Tip: You must first click the checkbox next to “Use recommended options for this PC”. Go on!
In the next step, you select “USB stick”, click on and you now have to choose your USB stick.
Then it takes a little time until the stick has been completely loaded and everything has been downloaded. However, this process runs automatically.
What is still important to note is that during this step you pause your virus scanner (e.g. Avira, Officescan etc.), as otherwise, the tool may display an error message before the process is completed.
If you followed all these steps, your USB stick or hard drive is ready to start a PC with Windows.
Step 5: Start the PC from the USB stick
The last step now depends on which PC is used. In principle, however, the process is always the same.
First, start up the PC and hold down the key for the boot menu (usually F2, F10, F12 or DEL)
in the boot menu, you select your bootable USB stick and start the PC.
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