By Ailsa / Last Updated February 18, 2020

Why Format SanDisk USB Drive?

As we all known, a storage device like a hard disk can be formatted (also named initialized) into areas called sectors, tracks, and clusters, create a space allocation table simultaneously. Then we will know how these data are stored on that disk. And most importantly, formatting a used hard disk will erase all the data inside, then you can store other new documents.

SanDisk is a famous storage device manufacturer founded in America, which produces memory cards, readers, USB flash drive, solid state drive (SSD), and more. It’s the third-largest manufacturer of flash memory as to February 2015. By the way, other USB flash drives like Kingston, Transcend, HP, Corsair, PNY drives are also well liked. Why format SanDisk USB drive? There are some main reasons for reference:

  • Initialize the SanDisk USB flash drive for the first use.

  • Remove write protection from a read only USB drive.

  • Convert SanDisk USB drive file system from one format to another for certain reason, common file system for storage devices include FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS.

  • Repair the SanDisk with a corrupted file system.

However, you have to know, the SanDisk USB drive will not work properly if being formatted with improper USB disk storage format tool. Therefore, what’s the reliable SanDisk USB format tool? Keep reading, please.

Choose a Reliable SanDisk USB Format Tool for Windows 10/8/7

To format (SanDisk) USB drive in Windows 10/8/7, you can first try Windows native formatting methods. The built-in Disk Management, DiskPart, Windows File Explorer are able to help format hard drive, but they don’t work in some situations. Thus, many users are more likely to use a third-party formatting tool, which is always more powerful.

So, here we would like to recommend the free partition manager called AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This freeware is more versatile and powerful than Windows native disk manager. As for formatting (SanDisk) USB drive, it has the following advantages:

Format large hard drive (than 32GB) to FAT32;

Format write-protected hard drive easily ;

Format both internal and external hard drive to exFAT;

Format disk to Ext4,Ext3 and Ext2 file systems;

Convert FAT32 to NTFS or NTFS to FAT32 without losing data by formatting;

3 Steps to Easily Format SanDisk USB Drive

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista (all editions). If you are running Windows Server, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Now you can free download the SanDisk USB format tool and follow the instruction to perform the formatting task within 3 steps:

Step 1. Connect the SanDisk USB drive with your computer. Install and launch the program. Right click the SanDisk USB drive and select Format Partition from the drop-down menu.

Format Partition 16GB

Step 2. Choose a desired File System for SanDisk USB drive in next window.

Select File System 16GB

Step 3. Click Apply and Proceed to perform SanDisk USB flash drive format.

Apply Proceed 16GB

You could use the SanDisk USB format tool to remove write protection from SanDisk USB drive as long as it becomes read only due to corrupted file system. In addition, you can convert SanDisk USB drive between FAT32 and NTFS without losing data if necessary, you can follow the instructions to convert:

Step 1. On the main window, select NTFS to FAT32 Converter at the left side.

Convert USB from FAT32 to NTFS

Step 2. Choose FAT32 to NTFS.

FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3. Pitch on the SanDisk USB drive, hit Next to go on.

Choose FAT32  Partition

Step 4. Click Proceed to convert SanDisk USB from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.

Proceed to NTFS

Summary

Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is far more than a SanDisk USB format too,; it is also a SanDisk USB repair tool, SanDisk cloning tool. With it, you can also create bootable media with SanDisk USB drive to boot up your PC if required, create a second partition on SD card/USB drive, resize partition, copy partition, and more. For more advanced features for Windows PC, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.