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How to format a USB stick on Windows

For those who have just entered the world of IT or have just started using the computer, specifically with the Windows operating system, knowing how to format a USB stick can prove to be a real challenge.

The procedure is very simple if you know it and do not require great knowledge.

First of all, if you are a beginner you will ask yourself “but what does it mean to format a USB stick?”. Formatting regardless of whether it is a stick, a hard disk or whatever means making a device suitable for storing data inside it, based on the settings file system structure.

Contents of the article

  1. How to format a USB stick
  2. Format a USB flash drive – Risks and dangers
  3. Conclusions

1.How to format a USB stick

Connect the USB stick you want to format to your computer.

Wait for it to be detected and the operating system to install it correctly.

Go to My Computer and find the stick between the available connected devices.

Right-click on the device and then choose format.

Set the type of formatting “FAT32” if a stick, while if it is an external hard disk better NTFS, and a label (the label), that is the name that will be displayed.

Press the start button

2.Format a USB flash drive – Risks and dangers

If you have just entered the world of Windows, you must know that formatting a USB stick is irreversible.

Once the data has been erased, you will no longer be able to get it back, as there is no recycle bin as for computer operating systems.

What I advise you is to always pay a lot of attention, especially when choosing the resource to format, since if you make a mistake on the drive connected to the PC, you could lose important data.

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Now that you have learned how to format a USB flash drive on Windows, I could also erase all the data on a removable disk without having to go through every single file manually.