[Solved] How to Format USB Pen Drives Quickly

What is the best way to format USB pen drives easily. Is your flash pen drive corrupted? Did a previous virus attack corrupt your USB drive and it now works unreliably? Deleting all your files and formatting the USB flash drive might be the best way to make your pen drive work like new. So what is the correct way to format USB drives.

Note that simply deleting files from the flash drive does not format it.  Although this is a beginner’s tutorial, but you would be surprised how many people don’t know how to format USB drives to make them function better, and this article goes out to them.

Format USB Drives

Here is a screenshot of “My Computer” on Windows. This is what happens when I insert my corrupted flash drive which has previously hosted virus infected files which were disinfected by Norton Internet Security. Now the USB pen drive works unreliably and has errors in ejecting safely too. Note that the Removable Drive icon still does not display correctly.


1. Format Removable Drive

Right click the Removable Drive icon and select “Format”


2. Quick Format

Without changing any settings, I select the Quick Format option, and Press Start.


3. Erase Data Warning

The alert warns that formatting will erase all data forever, and if you really want to proceed. Note: Always backup and remove data from the USB drive before formatting to your computer. NO data will be retrieved after formatting.


4. Format Compete

Now the format is complete in seconds. That’s it.


Notice that the Removable Drive icon is now restored and the USB drive works fine now as I transfer files to and fro from my computer.


Note that simply deleting files from the flash drive does not format it.


  1. Ahsan says:

    how to do on Windows 8?

  2. Joe Hart says:

    I have a USB drive which is having problems while doing safe removal..I tried formatting it..But still the problem persists…

  3. Julia Agnes says:

    Thank you for this cool tutorial!

  4. Stacy Summers says:

    Wow! easy to follow tutorial! thanks a lot

  5. Web Design says:

    This is one of those things that I have been looking at doing for a while, but this is definitely a good reason to get on and do it!

  6. Magento Data Entry says:

    That’s awesome info! I don’t have any knowledge regarding this process. Now I will must use this process. If you have more ideas like this, then please continue to guide us.

  7. Mane says:

    To format USB drive just right click on drive and go to option Formate and lick on it.

  8. Harry says:

    whoa, i have find about this many time but can’t get proper tutorial now it,s pretty helpful for me.

  9. faruk says:

    thanks for vary easy tips.

  10. USB Promos says:

    Pen drives the best source of date transfer. There is a great demand of this secondary storage medium in the market but this source of data transfer gets corrupted when it is attached to a computer system which is infected by virus. Through the medium of this post you will get an opportunity to get rid of this formatting of USB pen drives

  11. 稻草人皮具 says:

    formatting of USB pen drives

  12. Dharmendra Mishra says:

    1)Just go to my computer
    2)Find your USB drive in my computer
    3)Right click on USB drive
    4)Choose option format

    That’s it your USB will get formatted immidiately

  13. CI Module Ziggo says:

    Thanks for your tips, really like your blog! Keep up the good work!!

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