How to Format a USB Drive As a CD


USB storage devices continue to increase in storage capacity as technology advances and expands, but because these devices are portable, they are at greater risk for damage. Formatting a USB disk drive to back up the data onto a CD or DVD disk is one solution for preventing data loss from damage. Burning data onto a CD or DVD needs to be an organized process to insure that data is not lost in the transfer process and that exact copies of the data are made.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD or DVD disks
  • CD or DVD burner
  • Computer with USB input
  • Determine that the USB drive and CD or DVD disk size are the same or the USB drive is smaller. This will ensure that when the data is transferred it will fit onto one empty disk.

  • Copy the data onto the hard drive of the computer you are using to format the USB drive. Make sure that this data is stored in a folder separated from the other data on your computer. This way there will not be additional files added to the CD or files missed when the transfer begins.

  • Insert a blank CD or DVD into the disk drive.

  • Open the software on your computer that works with your disk drive to burn data onto a blank CD or DVD.

  • Select the files that you stored in a folder on your hard drive from your USB drive. The software should allow the files to be transferred and burned onto the blank CD or DVD in the drive.

  • Test the newly created CD or DVD disk to make sure the files that were once on your USB drive are now on the disk you created.

  • Delete the files from your USB and computer hard drives. This is not mandatory, but will free up disk space for storage of other files.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use this process to back up the data on your USB drive. If your CD or DVD writer allows disks that can be copied on multiple times, this process can be done regularly.
  • Do not delete your files unless you have them properly back up. Make sure the disk you created works in multiple drives so that the files can be accessed easily. This will prevent data loss while transferring files between storage devices.

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