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Tech Q&A: How to Format Flash Drive Using Command Prompt

Question from Gideon A.: As an Electrical and Computer engineer by profession, I am in charge of Tech Support and ICT based related problems in my office somewhere in the heart of the largest city in Africa. I need your help with a flash drive.Format Pen Drive Using Command Prompt

A colleague of mine has this SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive which contacted some malwares and we want to get rid of all the files contained in it, I have formatted it several times using the format option on the flash and both the threat and the file never moved out of it. Please kindly assist me with this.

Simmy’s answer: Gideon, the easiest and best way to format a flash drive is Using Command Prompt. Formatting flash drive using command prompt in Windows PC can be the most appropriate way for you if you want to full format your pen drive but unable to format flash drive using the normal method.

I have experienced that most of the computer users face problem while formatting Flash Drive using the normal method. Because sometimes, it takes too longer time to format pen drive even after selecting the format option “Quick Format” or sometimes it displays the error message “Windows was unable to complete the format.”

This is the main reason, several Windows users asked me the same query related to format flash drive using command prompt in Windows such as: How can i format pen drive using cmd prompt? What is the process of formatting pen drive through command prompt? How can i format my USB drive using command prompt? How to format USB flash drive using command prompt in windows? Help me to format a pen drive or memory card through command prompt in Windows etc.

How to Format Flash Drive Using Command Prompt, It’s really easy to get this done. Here’s how:

  • Connect the USB flash drive to your PC. Then click on Start > Run. Type cmd and click on OK.
  • Your USB flash drive will be assigned a letter. For the purposes of this example, we have provided a command using the letter G but note that you should replace this letter with that which is assigned to your key.
  • Type the following command, followed by Enter:
  • format /q /x G:

Note: The q parameter stands for “quick format” and the x parameter will force the selected volume to dismount if needed.

That’s all there is to it Gideon. Good luck!

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