Best Ways to Format and Unformat Flash Drive

There are many businesses that uses cheap flash drives as a marketing medium – they are used to store marketing material for customers to keep and as "premium" items as a way to reward loyal customers. It is a shame to toss them out, even if they have a small storage capacity. You can easily format USB flash drive and reuse them. Of course, there are other reasons to perform a USB flash drive format such as:

Do take note that reformatting your flash drive is the last resort for any situation. This is because it is not reversible and once the flash drive is reformatted, all data will be wipe off from storage. Therefore, make sure you have a back-up data if you decide to start this process.

Part 1: How to Format a Flash Drive

While it sounds extremely scary (it is not!), there are no fancy flash drive format tools other than what is already existed on your computer. Formatting your flash drive is a fairly simple process that should not take more than 3 steps. However, you will need to care that the process is done uninterrupted to ensure that it is a success.

Take note that you should not use a third-party software to execute this task. While it will probably format USB flash drive, it will also make the device vulnerable to data theft with a Trojan-like malware. You could be a victim of data and privacy leaks as this type of malware could transfer documents located in the flash drive across the internet.

Formatting USB flash drive is easy with the built-in feature. Here is how:

  1. Start the format USB flash drive by establishing a connection between the flash drive and your computer.
  2. Go to My Computer. Once your machine detects the flash drive, it should appear in the list of available drives.
  3. Right-click on your flash drive and click on Format.
  4. The Format window will pop up.
  5. In the File system area, toggle between FAT32 and NTFS. Click on Start.

Part 2: How to Unformat a Flash Drive

While we did say that formatting is irreversible, there is still a way to unformat flash drive. Recoverit unformat software can help you unformat flash drive and recover data back.

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  • Supports to recover data for sudden deletion, formatting, lost partition, virus attack, system crash under different situations.

Steps on how to unformat flash drive

  1. Select a data recovery mode. To unformat flash drive, please select the option of "Formatted Disk Recovery" to get started.
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  3. Make sure your formatted flash drive has connected to the computer and detected. Select it and click "Start" button to process.
  4. Recoverit will start a quick scan to search data, you can preview some recoverable data after the first scan.
  5. If the first scan cannot find your data, you can go to scan with "All-around Recovery" mode which will deep scan and search more files, while it will take more time.
  6. After the scan, you can preview recoverable files and recover formatted flash drive device.

What to Do Before Format/Unformat a Flash Drive

Prior of the process to format USB flash drive, there are several things you should do – this means checking the health of the drive. This simply means that you will need to find the cause of the faulty flash drive or check if it is infected by malware or virus. If it is second, formatting USB flash drive is the best corrective move.

In the case of unformatting a flash drive, just make sure that there is no important document stored in the flash drive. While it is possible to recover data from a newly formatted USB flash drive, it is advisable to not format and unformat a flash drive too frequently.

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