How to Force-Format Removable Storage Devices


If your external flash drive contains any viruses or is corrupted in any way, it can result in you being unable to remove all of the files from the device. If this occurs you will need to carry out a force-format. A force-format wipes all of the content off the external device, even when there are viruses present.

  • Locate the USB slot on your computer. You will find it on the side of your laptop or on the rear of a computer tower unit.

  • Insert the external device into the USB slot. Press it firmly in place to ensure it is correctly connected.

  • Click on the "Start" button and select the search bar at the bottom of the start menu. Type "diskmgmt.msc" into the search box. Open up the Disk Manager utility that it brings up.

  • Right-click on your external device from the list in the Disk Manager window. The device will most likely be displayed under the same name as its brand.

  • Select "Format" from the drop-down menu. Select the "File System" as "FAT32" and the "Allocation Size" as "512." Click on the "OK" button, then select "Yes" to confirm you wish to perform a force-format.

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