How to force format a USB or memory card in just a few steps

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It is for this reason that in this post we will tell you how to force format a memory or USB in an easy and simple way, plus some tips to keep in mind.

What is USB or memory card formatting?

When we talk about the term "formatting", we are referring to deletion of files that are stored on that device. Through this process, the USB will be as good as new, that is, it will be able to save more information. Furthermore, it will be malware-free.



We need to take into consideration the type of file we want to store in our memory. In the case of a USB, the key thing would be to make a format based on the fat32 file system which would be to save images or audio files, so that you can format a USB flash drive to Fat32 on Mac. In the case of a hard drive or if you want to store larger files, such as an HD movie or a game, it would be better to have a file system on NTFS. Then you can format a USB memory / Pendrive from CMD.

However, sometimes there are problems that don't allow you to format your device in the traditional way we all know. If this is your case, we will tell you how to do it using another method, easy and efficient.

It should be noted that, when formatting memory or USB, all files stored they will be lost. That is, no information can be recovered after formatting, so be careful and remember that you can also repair a USB or memory card without formatting.

How to force format a USB or memory card

There are several reasons why it does not allow formatting of our memory, because it is very damaged or because the option to format does not appear due to virus problems. What we're going to do is use one Windows resource which is usually easy and without many complications.



To start we need to go to the start search engine and type DCM, the command prompt will appear and we open it. A black window will appear where we are going to give the following indications.

1- Repair the memory or USB

  • We write diskpart and press Enter, we will have another pop-up window.
  • In this window we write list disk, we press Enter and we will get a list of disks and we will look for what we want to format by force.

  • After making sure it's what we're looking for, let's write select disk and the number of our memory, if for example it is the number 3 then let's put select disk 3.
  • It will tell us it's already selected, so let's write chub to clean our memory. This makes us leave our memory empty.

2- Create partition and format

  • Now we will need to create a partition as there is nothing on that drive for cleaning. To do this we write create partition primary and press Enter, it will show us that the partition has already been created.
  • Then, we will have to select the partition to perform a format. For this we write Select Partition 1. We confirm and we insert the format fs = fat32. A progressive account will be launched and processing, i.e. formatting, will begin.


Wait a few minutes for the process to reach 100% then write exit to exit the system symbol e soon, and our memory or USB is ready for use.


It is important to remember that if you want to use the memory for another type of use such as bootable USB, here we will show you in detail and easily how to create bootable USB.

Finally, we hope this tutorial has been helpful to you, however we would like to hear your opinion. Were you able to format the USB memory easily? Do you know any other methods to forcibly format a USB? Leave us your answers in the comments.

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