Insert the flash drive into the USB connector of the computer. Open the My computer window (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows 7). In the window click right mouse button on the icon of the flash drive and the pop-up menu select the item to Format. Depending on which operating system is installed on the computer, Windows XP or Windows 7, you will see the following window:
You must specify the file system type you want to create during the formatting process.
Which file system to choose
When you format the stick to NTFS will increase its fault-tolerance and speed of reading/record will increase the reliability and durability removable media, the maximum file size that can be recorded is limited only by the size of the stick, and the problem of lost clusters will go into oblivion.
But there are some disadvantages of NTFS. So, a computer with an operating system below Windows Xp will not be able to read the contents of the flash drive. Also "don't understand" NTFS some video players and car receivers. In General, you choose.
By the way, in the OS Windows XP, window formatting the flash drive in the select list file systems NTFS is missing. To add, click the start button, select settings, then control Panel. In the new window, perform a right click on the System item and select Properties. Then the tab Hardware, button device Manager, select Disk device, by double clicking on the device flash drive, open the Properties window and in the Policy tab set the switch point to Optimize for performance. Then click OK and close the unnecessary window.
Complete formatting flash drives
After selecting file system, not much to bother with the cluster size, we will choose the standard cluster size. If desired, specify the volume label to quickly locate your flash drive amongst the other removable media.
Specify a formatting option that I usually choose Quick format, and what you suggest. The last time I am convinced that all the necessary and valuable information from the stick is transferred to another media and press the Start button.
Formatted the stick using the command line
Click the start button, select Run, enter cmd and click OK. In the window that appears after the symbol > enter the following command:
— to format to FAT32 — format the flash drive letter: /fs:fat32;
— to format to NTFS — format the flash drive letter: /fs:ntfs.
For example: format h: /fs:ntfs, where h is the drive letter of the flash drive.
And press Enter.
We considered two ways of formatting the stick by means of standard Windows. In addition, there are special utilities for flash drives from third-party developers. Use those that you prefer.