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You may have bought a thumb drive or HDD that isn't formatted or just not the right type of format. This guide will show you how to format the drive to a file system of your choice using Windows 7-10 file explorer.

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Image 1/1: You can do that from either of the red highlighted spots, or search for "File Explorer."
  • Open File Explorer.

  • You can do that from either of the red highlighted spots, or search for "File Explorer."

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Image 1/2: This is what should pop up. Image 2/2: This is what should pop up.
  • Right-Click on the drive you want to format, and click format

  • This is what should pop up.

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Image 1/1: Use default allocation size.
  • if you will be using the drive for Windows, format it as NTFS. If you need a multi-OS drive, exFAT or FAT32 is recommended. However, keep in mind FAT32 has a 4GB limit on files.

  • Use default allocation size.

  • If you want to rename your drive put the new name here.

  • Start the format. When It's done, you can close all the windows, and you are done.

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