How to Format a USB Drive?

USB flash drives are relatively useful and dangerous technological devices. With these small devices, we can easily transfer our personal data from one domain to another or store it as a storage. In addition, if viruses or malware affect our USB sticks, we may expose our personal data to malicious people. In this post, I will explain how to format a USB drive.

Using USB memory frequently in different environments also increases the possibility of virus infection. Especially in public environments, using your USB stick increases the threat rate by a significant amount.

So it is important that we clean the USB flash memories we use for personal data from time to time. Because we are unaware that this data can easily be obtained due to spyware.

Files deleted with a classic wipe can often be recovered even by using a simple recovery program. While this may seem like an advantage for files that have been erroneously erased for you, it is dangerous in terms of getting your information for malicious people.

What Can We Do to Protect our Data?

First and foremost the most important thing is that you should use a USB flash memory that is encrypted with hardware or software as much as possible.

As a matter of fact, it is wise to avoid as much of your USB memory as possible from virus-free computers.

In addition, by installing a good virus protection program on your own computer, you help you to scan your USB flash memory every time you connect to the computer. This will help you avoid bad viruses. In this context, I would also recommend that automatic virus scanning to be turned on. This will automatically scan all external devices connected to your computer and protect your computer and USB memory.

If this is not possible, ie if you are using a non-password-protected USB flash memory, or if your computer does not have virus protection, we strongly recommend that you format your USB flash memory with certain periods.

How to Format a USB Drive?

You can perform the formatting process on any computer by following the steps described below.

* Insert your USB memory into your computer.

* Click on ”My Computer”.

* Find your USB flash memory in the domains that appear and right click on it.

* Select “Format” from the options that appear later.

* Under the ”File system” heading if your USB flash memory is larger than the 8GB capacity chose NTFS option. If it is smaller than the 8GB capacity chose eıther FAT32 or NTFS then press the ”Start” button. 

* You can further accelerate the process by selecting the ”Quickly format” option presented at the bottom. The duration of the formatting will change proportionally to the capacity of your USB flash memory.

After you follow these steps, all files in your USB flash memory will be permanently deleted. You can continue to use your USB flash memory as before.

In this article, I explained how to format a USB drive. Please use the Comment section provided below if you have comments and contributions related to the subject. Your comments will add value to my writing.

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