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Hi all!

in this instructable i will tell you how to format a usb memory stick to FAT(not FAT32)

you will need:

USB memory stick(everything under 8gb works)(duh)
computer(duh)
command prompt

Great lets get started




p.s. sorry for low qaulity images i took them with my cellphone
 
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Step 1: Step 1


Put the memory stick into your computer(duh!)

open command prompt ( start > all programs > accesories > command promt.   or    start > run > cmd)


type:

format x: /fs:FAT

PLEASE NOTE X IS WHERE YOU MEMORY STICK IS LOCATED WHERE THE X IS YOU SHOULD PUT THE LETTER OF YOU MEMORY STICK IN MY CASE E ; AND PLEASE DO NOT ACCIDENTLY FORMAT YOUR HARD DRIVE ITS NOT MY FAULT IF YOU FORMAT YOUR HARDDRIVE SO BE VERY VERY CAREFULL!!!!!!!

Step 2: Step 2

Picture of step 2

Well done you have just formatted your memory stick into FAT!!

PLEASE COMMENT AND VOTE FOR ME IN THE USB CONTEST!!!!;)
tiborb24 days ago

that is not a 8gig flash drive, you only formating 2gig base on the picture 243m

it didnt work on 8gig flash drive

i only have a 32gb flash drive :(

variances1 year ago
Thanks .. needed FAT for my car to recognize
great tips!!
I have an old pen drive, it's not reading in my computer the following message is shown when connected:

"USB Device Not Recognized"

What should i do?
I was hoping you would explain why I would want to format a flash drive to FAT instead of FAT32. What are the advantages?
Some of the classic DOS games don't get along with the modern file systems. I just got done doing pretty much the same thing for a friend because the game couldn't read it's own save files from a FAT32 or NTFS hard drive. I'm sure there are other legacy programs that have the same problems and this makes a handy workaround for those time that you can't use a more up to date program.
ViperSniper (author)  chorusofweasels3 years ago
i dont really think there are any advantages its just if you need 1 to be formatted in FAT
S33PlusPlus3 years ago
You can't format the system partition while it's still active. I'd be more worried about nuking other detachable storage you might have connected; for example, my old dell has a card reader that maps to E, F, G, and H weather I have cards in it or not, so always triple check the drive letter.
ViperSniper (author)  S33PlusPlus3 years ago
thanks S33PlusPlus, yeah thats true but u can install like a backup linux system or so on a removeable hdd or enven on a memory stick, but thanks anyway:)