How To Format PC/Laptop Using USB Pendrives

Most of us only know how to format a PC or Laptop with a CD/DVD. But, we can also format our PC using USB pen drive. Also, in many of the new notebooks, there is no option to format using the optical disk. So, there is only one way of USB, available for formatting.
Also, formatting your PC or Laptop using a flash drive or pen drive is much faster than doing it with a DVD. Therefore, it helps to save a lot of time and it also easy to carry somewhere.
Before we format our system with pen drive, we have to make our USB into a bootable USB.
In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how you can make your pen drive bootable to format your system.

How To Format PCLaptop Using USB Pendrives

How to format PC/Laptop using USB pen drive?

Step 1 : Insert your pen drive in your computer and go to start menu and type run. In run type cmd and open the command prompt. A black window will appear like shown here.

How To Format PC/Laptop Using USB Pendrives

Step 2 : Now type ‘diskpart’ and hit Enter.This will run diskpart utility in a new window.

How To Format PC/Laptop Using USB Pendrives

Step 3 : Now type the command ‘list disk’ and hit Enter. This will show you the list of all the storage devices available on your PC/Laptop. Compare the size of the disk available to know the name of your USB drive.
How To Format PC/Laptop Using USB Pendrives

Here, you can easily find that the ‘disk 1’ is our USB pen drive. You should avoid using multiple USBs to avoid any confusion.

Step 4 : After knowing the correct disk, type ‘select disk 1’ (according to your system) and press Enter button to select the USB drive. You can also use the command ‘detail disk’ to check the details of the selected drive to verify that you have¬†chosen the correct disk.

Step 5 : Now, you have run a list of commands shown below one by one.

  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • active
  • format fs=fat32
  • assign
  • exit

You have to enter these commands in the same order as shown above.

How To Format PC/Laptop Using USB Pendrives

Step 6 : After completing all the steps you will be out of it. Now your USB pen drive is ready to boot any PC or Laptop. Simply insert the CD/DVD of Windows XP/7/8 and copy all the content of it into your pen drive. When the copying process is completed, simply remove it and use that USB to format any PC or Laptop by booting it from a USB drive.

I hope you liked this small guide to format your PC/Laptop using a pen drive instead of a CD/DVD. If you faced any problem then don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below. I will be happy to help you. Don’t forget to share this with your friends.

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