USB-removable flash drives need to be formatted quite often, and not only for complete cleaning of available information, but also to make the media bootable or in case of file system corruption due to any malfunction. And not always built-in Windows-system tools can handle the job.

Therefore, the question of how to Format a USB flash drive via the command line of Windows 7, earlier or later, becomes very important. In this case, you can offer three basic choices, two of which are very similar to each other.


The most common problem faced by Windows users when trying to convert a removable media format is that the process runs as it was at first, but does not reach completion.

Even if you select from the default parameters, the system informs you that Windows can produce or complete the format. Is this happening? Yes, because the drive is software or physically damaged. No matter how good the Windows system is, correcting the situation in the usual way is not possible.

The next issue is how to format a USB flash drive via the command line (Windows 10 or XP is used, it doesn’t matter – the proposed method on all operating systems of this type). But we have to consider some key points.


So, before deciding how to format a USB flash drive via the command line, you need to determine the type of file system that you will be installed on at the end of the process. Since we are talking from Windows, systems for Linux and Android will not be considered.

That only leaves two options: either FAT32 or NTFS. What to choose? First, pay attention to the memory stick. If it is less than 4 GB, you can use FAT32. In case of a larger size, you should choose NTFS, as the first large volume type does not specify the file system. Further, the device itself determines but sets the maximum size of any drive only at the 4 GB level.

Secondly, if you create bootable media for your computer, in which instead of the old UEFI BIOS installed on the new system, using NTFS will not work, since the system does not recognize this format natively.

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Next, we will talk about how to format a flash drive to NTFS via the command line or using the same action as the FAT32 option. I immediately accept all fans of the easy method, which tends to use the standard command format without the use of additional policies: such an approach would be ineffective.