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Windows 7: Formatting flash drives NTFS and FAT32


20 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Formatting flash drives NTFS and FAT32

I have a couple of flash drives I have formatted to NTFS. One for an install drive and one for a readyboost test. If I formatted the drive in CMD do I have to format it the other way (to FAT32) in CMD or can I just right click the flash drive and format it there?

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20 Apr 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Nate,

You can just right click on the USB key in Computer and click on "Format" to format it with either NTFS or FAT32 if you like.

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Hope this helps,
Shawn


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20 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay Brink....Thanks for the info. I followed your tutorial on making an install flash drive. In that tutorial we formatted with CMD. I can format it back to FAT32 in windows explorer "my computer" I wasn't sure if I had to format it back to FAT in CMD. Thanks.
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20 Apr 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Nate.

You can use either way to do it, but through Computer would be easier.

If you wanted to format it with FAT32 through the command prompt, you would use format fs=fat32 in step 11 of that tutorial instead.
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