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How to format a USB drive to NTFS File System

by Mohsin Raza
How to format a USB drive to NTFS File System

The chances are that at one point or the other everybody has attempted to format their USB drive in NTFS. Although of course, Windows doesn’t allow the USB stick in the NTFS file system, it’s always better to use NTFS (New Technology File System) file system against the old FAT (File Allocation System).

The NTFS file system has a couple of advantages over the old FAT file systems like larger storage uphold, data encryption, pressure alternative, faster and safer drive, and so forth. This guide will show you a smart and brisk way to format your USB stick in NTFS.

How to format USB to NTFS in Windows 10

There are two ways of doing this. The first is using the Command Prompt and the second is with File Explorer. While the command prompt method is snappier, you have to extremely careful and should accurately put the drive you want to format else you will wind up losing data.

1] Format USB drive to NTFS File System using Command Prompt

Type cmd in the Start Menu and decide to start with admin benefits or in the Run (Win + R) dialog box type CMD and press SHIFT+Enter to open to the command prompt with admin benefits.

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Type the accompanying command in the command prompt format J:/fs:ntfs (where J is your USB drive letter).

Here is the finished syntax for the format command

format <volume> [/fs:{FAT|FAT32|NTFS}] [/v:<label>] [/q] [/a:<unitsize>] [/c] [/x] [/p:<passes>]

Wait for several minutes to complete the cycle. When Windows completes the format cycle, close the command prompt.

2] Format USB to NTFS using File Explorer

Format USB to NTFS using File Explorer

To format a USB drive to an NTFS File System in Windows 10:

  1. Open File Explorer ( Win + E)
  2. Right-click on the USB drive you want to format
  3. From the setting menu, pick Format.
  4. In the format configuration, pick NTFS in the file system.
  5. Click on the Start button.
  6. This will format the USB drive, and make it ready to be used in Windows 10.

I trust the post is easy to follow, and you had the option to format the USB drive using the Command Prompt and the File Explorer. You can use any of the methods, yet make sure to be extremely careful as it will eliminate everything from the drive.

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