How to Format USB Drive using Command Prompt in Windows

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If you are unable to format your Flash USB drive using the usual method then you can try command prompt to format your USB drive. Here is how to format USB flash drive using Command prompt in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8/8.1.

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How to Format USB Drive using Command Prompt in Windows

Formatting your USB flash drive from Command prompt in Windows is easier than thought and takes simply one line of command to complete the formatting process. Follow these steps to do the same.

Step 1:  Connect your USB flash drive which you want to format using command prompt. Make sure that your device properly connected and being detected by your PC.

Step 2: Next, click on Start button and type in cmd. Click on cmd.exe to get the command prompt window. Alternatively, you can also open the Command prompt by pressing Windows key + R and typing in cmd in the Run window.

Step 3: Now before you proceed with formatting your USB flash drive find your USB Drive’s letter. For example Drive H:, Drive F: etc.

Step 4: Now type in the following command followed by your USB drive’s letter.

format/q/x H 

In the above commend, format/q/x is a command and H is your drive’s letter. 

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Step 5: Hit enter to execute the command. 

Once done, you will see a Format complete message being displayed. That’s it. You have successfully formatted your USB flash drive using Command prompt in Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Formatting your USB drive using command prompt could come in handy if you are facing any problem or unable to complete the format process using the manual method. This method is also easier and faster than the conventional method only if you can remember the command.

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