How to Format a Bootable USB Drive

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Intro: How to Format a Bootable USB Drive

After making a Bootable USB drive for installing Operating Systems like Ubuntu via Pen drive using softwares like PowerISO , when you format your pen drive using Windows or Ubuntu it will show about only 2 MB of memory in a 4 GB pen drive .


Follow the steps to format the pen drive properly and restore it back to its original condition.

Step 1: Formating Pen Drive Via DiskPart [ Windows]

Connect the pen drive which needs to be formatted to a system running Windows Operating System.

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STEP 1 : open Run using the key combination ( Win key + R ).

STEP 2 : type cmd .To open Command Prompt.

STEP 3 : type diskpart . Run the Pop-up window that appears .

. This opens DiskPart.

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STEP 4 : type list disk .

. This will list all the memory storage devices connected to the PC.

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STEP 5 : type select disk 1 .

. Usually disk 1 if no other storage devices are connected .

. The number specifies the drive to be formatted.

. drive 0 will be your internal hard disk. Identify and select your disk correctly.

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STEP 6 : type clean. This wipes data off your pen drive.

STEP 7 : type create partition primary . This will format the pen drive as FAT.

STEP 8 : now go to My Computer or This PC (as it is listed nowadays) .

Format the pen drive by Right clicking on it and selecting Format option.

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This will restore back your pen drive to its usual condition.

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PavanK129

1 year ago

awesome it worked perfectly..thanks mate

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DimitriK5

1 year ago

It worked perfectly! Thanks a lot!

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Atlas7

1 year ago

It works! Magic! :)

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IonutM4

1 year ago

It works!

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Joenewbie

2 years ago

list disk is no longer on the list of choice when you type help

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ArpitT6

2 years ago

wow! This worked! thank thank thank you so mch ashinjohn! I had OS x bootable pendrive for MAC and this worked. I formatted it on windows 7. Thanks ton!

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Akravator

2 years ago

Nice, it works!

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NazakatH

2 years ago

outclass...............

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GearMechssnoop911

Reply 2 years ago

I have. you need to download the x86 or x64 version.

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seamster

2 years ago

Good info, nice and simple. Thank you!