Old 05-15-2014, 09:36 AM
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Formatting a USB Drive

When you format a USB drive to erase the data most people assume that the data cannot be retrieved. That is not always true. It depends on how you format the drive. If you choose a “Quick Format” the data on the drive may still be recovered using a program like Recuva.

Recuva is a program that allows you to recover files that have been deleted from your computer, digital camera, MP3 player and other USB devices. It is a useful program but if you lose your USB drive or if it falls into the wrong hands someone could use that program or a similar program to recover your personal information from the drive. See more here on the difference between a quick format and a full format.


1) Plug the USB drive into your computer.
2) Open Computer or This PC.
3) Right click the USB drive and from the right click menu choose format. The format menu will open.
4) Windows will automatically detect the capacity of the USB drive. Leave the capacity drop down as it is. Leave the allocation size as it is.
5) In the file system drop down choose the file system type you would like to use. See more here on the differences between the file systems. http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm
6) Remove the check from the quick format box. If you use the quick format option the data on the drive will look like it has been removed but it is actually still there because the quick format option does not fully overwrite the old data, thus the data on the drive can potentially be recovered. A full format will take a bit longer than a quick format.
7) Click the format button. A window will open warning you that all data will be removed from the drive. Click OK. The drive will be formatted and a message will open notifying you when the format is complete.
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