How to Format a Usb Memory Stick to FAT!

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Introduction: How to Format a Usb Memory Stick to FAT!

About: I like making guns and fiddle with computer stuff. I'm considering to study sound engineering or computer networking when I'm done with school

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

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


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

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    22 Discussions

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    LlewellynP
    LlewellynP

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Di Immortales

    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

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    BRANDENL
    BRANDENL

    5 years ago on Introduction

    stupid auto correct sorry I meant for not form

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    BRANDENL
    BRANDENL

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    BeukesR
    BeukesR

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    ManjeetS1
    ManjeetS1

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    if you found any sol. than plz tell me also

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    ManjeetS1
    ManjeetS1

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    BeukesR
    BeukesR

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    BeukesR
    BeukesR

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    BeukesR
    BeukesR

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    kushypk
    kushypk

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    tiborb
    tiborb

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

    it didnt work on 8gig flash drive

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    ronakasolanki

    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?

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    dwathen
    dwathen

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    ViperSniper
    ViperSniper

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i dont really think there are any advantages its just if you need 1 to be formatted in FAT