At certain times, formatting a USB flash drive may no longer be inevitable. Sometimes there is a problem that makes the flash drive cannot be used as usual, and the only solution that comes to mind is to format the tiny storage device.
Windows already has a feature to format a flash drive that can be accessed by right-clicking the flash drive in File Explorer, but it has shortcomings that make many users choose third-party software such as HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. One drawback is that it cannot format a flash disk whose capacity exceeds 32 GB with the FAT32 file system.
Features of HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is software for formatting USB drives and is recommended by flash drive manufacturer SanDisk. Although developed by Hewlett-Packard, this software can be used for all brands of USB drives.
Can format USB drives whose capacity exceeds 32 GB with FAT32
The advantage of FAT32 is its compatibility with various operating systems. The drawback, a flash disk with a FAT32 file system cannot be used to store a file whose size exceeds 4 GB even though the capacity of the flash disk is much larger than that. If you still want to format the flash drive with these system files, you can use the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
Supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems
The NTFS file system writes more data than FAT32 to maintain consistency of the file system itself, but consequently reduces the life of flash drives. While the disadvantage of FAT32, in addition to those already mentioned above, is a higher risk of damage to system files because it does not support journaling. If you are confused about choosing, broadly speaking FAT32 is recommended for flash drives, while NTFS is more recommended for internal drives on Windows operating systems.
If you choose the NTFS file system, the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool also supports compression so that later the flash drive can be used to store more files. However, the speed performance will decrease slightly.
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is portable software that does not need to be installed, but requires admin rights to run it which can be accessed by right-clicking on the software and clicking the “Run as administrator” option.
Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
Once started, HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool will automatically detect all USB drives that are currently attached to the computer. If the installed is a flash disk and memory card, then both will be detected and displayed in the list of devices. To prevent mistakes in choosing, you should first unplug all other plugged USB drives if any.
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool can also create a bootable flash drive if you plan to use the flash drive as a means for troubleshooting the computer. Download the latest and free HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool via the link below:
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