How to format and partition a USB flash drive

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Partitioning a USB flash drive separates the available capacity into distinct units or partitions that can each be formatted and used separately. Data organization, generating several bootable discs, and separating distinct file systems are just a few uses for partitioning.

A USB flash drive's storage capacity is made ready for data storage through a procedure known as formatting a partition. Creating a file system to manage and organize the data on the partition is required. All of the partition's current data is deleted during the formatting process.

Method to format and partition a USB flash drive

The general steps to format and partition a USB flash drive are as follows:

1. Formatting of USB flash drive

Connect the USB flash drive to your computer's USB port.

Open the Disk Management utility on Windows or the Disk Utility on macOS. You can usually find these utilities by searching for their names in the respective operating system's search bar.

Locate your USB flash drive in the Disk Management or Disk Utility window. It should be listed as a removable storage device.

Choose "Format" or "Erase" from the context menu when performing a right-click on the USB flash device.

Choose the desired file system for the USB flash drive. The most popular file systems are exFAT for cross-platform interoperability and FAT32 and NTFS for Windows. You can choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or exFAT if you're using a Mac.

Provide a new name for the USB flash drive (optional).

Make sure the Quick Format (Windows) or Erase (Mac) option is selected to expedite the process. If you want a more thorough format, you can deselect this option, but it will take longer.

Click on the "Format" or "Erase" button to start the formatting process. A warning message might appear, notifying you that all data will be erased. Confirm the action if you are sure you have a backup.

Once the format is complete, you can partition the USB flash drive.

2. Partitioning of formatted USB flash drive

Partitioning on Windows

Right-click your USB flash drive's free space in the Disc Management tool and choose "New Simple Volume" from the context menu.

Go to the New Simple Volume Wizard's instructions to set the partition size, assign a drive letter, and select a file system (FAT32, NTFS, etc.).

Complete the wizard, and your USB flash drive will be partitioned and ready to use.

Partitioning on macOS

From the Disc Utility's left sidebar, choose the USB flash drive.

  • Click on the "Partition" tab.
  • Click on the "+" button to add a new partition.
  • Specify the size and format for the partition.
  • Repeat steps 12 and 13 if you want to create additional partitions.
  • Click on the "Apply" button to partition the USB flash drive.

Once the partitioning process is complete, your USB flash drive will be formatted and partitioned according to your specifications.

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