Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to Format USB / External Drive (FAT32 / NTFS)

Simply open a command prompt as an Administrator and type the following:

For FAT32:

  • format /FS:FAT32 driveletter:  (e.g. format /FS:FAT32 F:)


  • format /FS:NTFS driveletter:

All data on the target drive will be erased.

You can also convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without any data loss with the following command:

  • convert driveletter: /FS:NTFS

NOTE: If you convert from NTFS to FAT32, all data will be erased.

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