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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

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

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

Windows 10 Education 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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 Why format a flash drive with a special software?

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