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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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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!!!!!!!
 
LlewellynP1 month ago

Thank you for sharing.

Just as a side comment for a question 4 years back. We need FAT to be able to write firmware for certain PLC controllers, FAT32 doesn't work

Di Immortales4 months ago

thank you so much i was so lost on where to find a formatter tool and i forgot i had one right in front of me

BRANDENL6 months ago

stupid auto correct sorry I meant for not form

memory card format

BRANDENL6 months ago

Thx this helped me format my Hard drive so I could get it to work right because form some reason windows was installed on drive d not c

nabilak8 months ago

Thank You....www.techrainy.com

nabilak8 months ago

Nice Post Thank You....<a href="http://www.techrainy.com/2014/10/my-usb-is-not-formatting.html">My Usb Is Not Formatting </a>

BeukesR10 months ago

hi i am trying to format my usb stick to FAT but it says invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. please help.

ManjeetS1 BeukesR9 months ago

if you found any sol. than plz tell me also

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ManjeetS19 months ago

hi i am trying to format my usb stick to FAT but it says invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. please help.

BeukesR10 months ago

hi i am trying to format my usb stick to FAT but it says invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. please help.

BeukesR10 months ago

hi i am trying to format my usb stick to FAT but it says invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. please help.

BeukesR10 months ago

hi i am trying to format my usb stick to FAT but it says invalid media or track 0 bad - disk unusable. please help.

kushypk12 months ago

Thanks Darth Vader. Your USB instruction was indirectly very useful. I needed to format a 4gb compact flash card so that I could use it in an old minolta dimage 7 camera. FAT32 would not work. I followed the process and formated to FAT with 64 bits in each FAT entry. This allows me to take up to 1000 photos.

tiborb1 year 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 :(

variances2 years 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)  chorusofweasels4 years ago
i dont really think there are any advantages its just if you need 1 to be formatted in FAT
S33PlusPlus4 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)  S33PlusPlus4 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:)