[Tutorial] How to Format a USB Drive in Windows

These are the steps of how to format your USB drive. It’s used to erase all the data of your USB drive.

Whether you’re running Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, the steps are essentially the same


  1. Plug in the USB drive.
  2. Open Windows File Explorer and go to This PC (or known as Computer or My Computer).
  3. Right-click the drive, and select Format…

Format USB Pendrive



The formatting options you can customize are the File systemAllocation unit sizeVolume label, and Format options. You can also Restore device defaults in case your custom settings aren’t working.

Restore USB Device Defaults

But I recommended to use the default setting, don’t change any value. Just tick the Quick Format then press the Start.



And follow by press OK as below.

Erase All Data On USB Pendrive


And you’re DONE ^.^


P/S: This method is the same if you wanted to reformat your external hard-drive as well.

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