Format pendrive using cmd – How to guide

Formatting is a valuable and essential tool when dealing with any type of storage disk and can help to solve a lot of errors and headaches. But what do you do if your USB flash drive needs to be formatted but, every time you try through the property menus it comes up with an error, or won’t even recognise the drive properly at all. Don’t despair because here is something you can do.

Format pendrive using cmd  is a common process that may need to be undertaken quite frequently, but unless you have gone through this procedure before it can be a mine field. The last thing you want is to finish the process and end up with an unusable pendrive . Here is a quick step by step guide to Format pendrive using cmd

Steps to Format pendrive using cmd

This guide formats your flash drive as FAT32, to format as NTFS simply substitute the term in the command box. FAT32 is the recommended formatting style by this guide but many do prefer NTFS. Follow the Below steps to Format an unformatable Pendrive.

Step 1. Turn on computer as normal

Step 2. Once you are in your desktop insert Pendrive into USB port

Please note: if you know the letters associated with your disk locations or can use a utility such as disk part to list this information then skip steps 3 and 4

Step 3. Go into my computer (accessible from the start menu or desktop) and look down the navigation panel on the left hand side, this lists down to the popular and root menu folders and locations on your computer.

Step 4. Your Pendrive should be listed in one of these locations, it may be referred to by brand, as portable storage or something similar. Next to this label will be a letter,

for example “G: removable storage device ” if the device does not show up you may need to test the port to find the letter with another USB device. This letter needs to be written down or remembered in order to complete this process.

Step 5. Go to the windows start menu, click start or the Windows symbol depending on your edition of Windows, then click run.

Step 6. Type cmd into the run dialog box and click OK, this is to start the command prompt window from which you will be able to choose your format style and name your drive.

Step 7. Then the command prompt window is opened and you will need to type ” Format G: ” 

Format pendrive using cmd

if you want to Format it as FAT32  then type ” Format G: /FS: FAT32 ”

Step 8. The G in this instance refers to our example Pendrive location, instead you would enter the letter that you remembered or wrote down from the my computer side panel
After you have typed the above command press enter.

Step 9. Here, you will be asked to press enter again and then to give a name for your drive. Follow these prompts then click on enter again.

You have completed the process of Formating pendrive using cmd; go back into my computer to check that the formatting has been completed successfully.

  1. Reply Amjad Ali December 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I have 16GB sandisc pendrive.
    When i have farmetted it then comes a massege on my lapto.”disc is protected”
    Please give me solution

  2. Reply Rajesh mudgal October 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    my laptop doesn’t show pen drive after some time I sell second pen drive after some time ance again do it l sell third after some time again more it don’t show pls pls pls help me

  3. Reply saiful ali skp April 7, 2016 at 12:12 am

    How to format a 64gb memory card.

  4. Reply PankajSehoriya December 29, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Thanks this command method is working.

  5. Reply hamed February 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    thanks it work

  6. Reply POKHRELI February 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    from 8GB hp pendrive it show it has only 2.27GB memory how can i increase it to the same???

  7. Reply Md Mojahid Rahmani December 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    sir my pen drive is write protected how can i format my pendrive

    • Reply hamid February 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

      thats a special program for each brand to formating
      whats your pen drive brand

  8. Reply shadab mughal November 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    JIGAR TANK…..SIR 1: can u guide me how to recover data from formatted usb flash drive.

    2: how to install any kind of windows in pc .

    • Reply Kishan March 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Try “disk digger” app

  9. Reply Ashu November 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    my pendrive showing….

    it is not reconized then how it will solve plzzz tell me

  10. Reply Pruthviraj.M.A November 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What if the pendrive is not at all discovered in “My computer ”
    then What to do ?

  11. Reply Rahul November 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    i have hard disk is that is not booting. i thought the booting sector has gone now im using has external drive but the problem is when i copy the data of about 1gb it takes so much time to copy around more than 2hrs..plz give me the solution for that to solve…

  12. Reply Rahul November 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    i have a 1gb micro sd card….it has a folder containing song of around 230 mb…..however its not getting formatted…..either computer is getting failure in formatting and sometimes a few computers after formatting when i am re inserting the card the folder reapppears….

    • Reply jigar Tank November 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

      hi Rahul, Have you Tried Formatting it with CMD ?

      if no, then Try it with CMD, if you have already tried with CMD. Then most Probably there must be Virus.

  13. Reply g nage November 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    My pd is write protected

  14. Reply grlydonnie October 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    when i tried it, it did not work. It said ‘Format’ is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    • Reply jigar Tank October 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Are you entering the Correct Drive name ?

      Please try and follow the steps Correctly

      • Reply NAGARJUNA October 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        my pendrive is write protected ,how it can format

    • Reply bhadresh thummar January 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      enter “format”
      not “Format”

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