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How to Format USB Flash Using MS-DOS [Med.]

Saturday, August 18, 2012

One of the most useful built-in applications inside Windows is the Command Prompt or MS-Dos. It is a command-line interpreter which helps users do some tasks without the intervention of the GUI. Those tasks are represented in such a type of text instructions called "Command". In order to format a USB Flash Drive, we use the Graphical interface of Windows by right clicking the Drive letter then format. Sometimes you can't access the Computer or the Explorer (because your Computer won't startup...) you can Format the USB Flash Drive using the Command Prompt (cmd) that can be accessed from the Boot time pressing F8.

How to Format USB Flash Using MS-DOS Command

1) Click Start > Run... and type cmd in the box then Click OK

2) The command prompt window appears.

3) Type the following command:

format X:

Note: Replace "X:" with the letter of your USB Flash Drive.
You can use "diskpart" to list all drive letters.

4) If you want to format it as FAT32 then type:

format X: /FS:FAT32

5) After typing one of the above commands, press Enter 

6) When it asks for pressing Enter again, just press it to confirm.

7) It will prompt you to enter a name for the drive, write it and hit Enter.

Done! You can also check out How to Play Music Using MS-DOS Player