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Windows 7: Why format a flash drive with a special software?


02 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Why format a flash drive with a special software?

I've seen a few softwares that format flash drives. Why use those instead of imply using windows to format the flash drive?


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02 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I have only used Windows to format flash drives. But, some flash drives come with programs installed on them that only their formatting tool can erase. Other than that, I know of any good reson to do it under normal circumstances. I have never had a problem with Windows formatting.
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02 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It also depends on what you plan to format the drive for...what purpose, etc.
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02 Apr 2013   #4
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Windows sometimes can't handle USB drives that are custom formatted. Drives that are encrypted for security for example. I've always just done it though windows.
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