Why Need to Format Bootable USB Drive?
Bootable USB drive is a kind of helpful assistant in many situations. If you cannot
access Windows, the bootable USB drive you created before can help you enter into
Windows PE or Linux environment for further operations. Sometimes, to backup hard
drive or system, the bootable USB stick helps backup hard drive without booting Windows. What’s more, USB drives are easy to
carry and easy to save. One bootable USB stick can apply to different computers.
Well, with so many conveniences it brings to us, why would we want to format bootable
USB stick? As we know, USB flash drive comes with larger capacity and reasonable
price in recent years. As time goes by, current bootable USB may not meet your
computing requirements anymore. In that case, you can choose to copy
bootable USB drive to another USB or to format bootable USB drive in Windows
7 and create another new bootable device. Also, when you no longer need the bootable
USB, it is not a bad choice to reformat
it to FAT32 for new files. Surely, other conditions might result in bootable
USB drive formatting as well. The key point is to find out how to format bootable
USB to normal.
Can We Format Bootable USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7/XP?
Obviously, the answer is positive. Bootable USB drive is no different than normal USB
drive except for the starting programs and Windows pre-installed environment.
Therefore, you can format bootable flash drive as usual in some cases. On Windows
alone, there are two bootable USB drive format utilities: Disk Management and
Diskpart in Command Prompt.
Plug in the bootable USB drive when you running Windows and then type “diskmgmt.msc”
in Run box to start Disk Management. Right-click the bootable drive and select
“Format”. Then follow the wizard to complete the formatting.
One can not only create bootable USB using Diskpart but also format bootable USB stick with this
application. Steps are quite easy as well. First, type “diskpart” in Run
box to start Command Prompt. Second, input following commands in turn and remember
to press Enter after each move.
No cumbersome steps required can you format the bootable USB flash drive.
Nevertheless, sometimes you cannot complete formatting using both methods. Besides,
all operations take place immediately so that you cannot step back. No matter from which side, finding another powerful bootable USB drive formatter is recommendable.
How to Format Bootable USB Drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant?
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is reliable and well-known disk partition manager that allows you
to, for example, format SD card for 3DS in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, and Vista. This bootable flash
drive format utility can assist you format USB drive to NTFS, FAT32, Ext 2 or Ext3
for different uses. During the format process, you are allowed to change cluster size of the file system. If you just want to wipe data on the USB drive like erasing files on SanDisk USB, it supports wipe partition up to 100 times. It has user-friendly
interface and provides demo version. You can download the demo version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to have a try.
1. Plug in the bootable USB drive when you running Windows. Install and launch AOMEI
2. Right-click the bootable flash drive and select “Format Partition”.
3. Set file system and cluster size and then click “OK”.
4. This is the virtual result. Click “Apply” to make it real.
Tips: If you want the USB drive to bootable again, try “Make
Bootable Media” in this software to create a bootable device with Windows PE, and
you can use this bootable USB to format hard drive in WinPE mode without booting
Except for formatting bootable USB drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant is also an Intenso USB format tool,
HP USB format tool and Lexar USB format utility. In addition, you are able to migrate OS from HDD to SSD while keeping files on HDD if the need ever arises.