Formatting USB Drive

Published on December 11, 2019 at 1:06:41 AM GMT+8 by Administrator

Quick tutorial on how to format USB drive using command prompt

Formatting USB Drive

To create a bootable USB flash drive

1. Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.

2. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

3. Type


4. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type

list disk

and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.

5. At the command prompt, type

select disk <X>

where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.

6. Type


and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.

7. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type

create part pri

and then click ENTER.

8. To select the partition that you just created, type

select part 1

and then click ENTER.

9. To format the partition, type

format fs=ntfs quick

and then click ENTER.


If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type

format fs=fat32 quick

and then click ENTER.

10. Type


and then click ENTER.

11. Type


and then click ENTER.

12. When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.