Formatting a USB flash drive should be easy, but for many Linux Mint users, it can seem impossible. Use the following steps to get the job done so that you can get on with your life.
Formatting a USB flash drive
Follow these steps for formatting a USB flash drive:
- Insert your flash drive into an available USB port.
- Check to see if your computer automatically mounted the drive (it probably did). Do this by opening your file manager or entering “
sudo lshw -class diskinto your terminal.
- Unmount the drive by either ejecting it via your file manager or by entering “
unmount /dev/[VOLUME NAME]. In many cases, your volume name will be “sdb1″. In such a case, you would type.”
unmount/dev/sbd1” (omit the quotation marks) and then press enter. If you need help identifying the name of your USB flash drive, type “
lsblk -dat the command line.
- Now, in a terminal window, enter: “
mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdb1without the quotation marks (duh!). If your device name is different, enter its name instead of “sbd1.”
- Voila! Your USB flash drive is formated with a VFAT file system.
Hint: You can also format your USB drives via GParted. Type “
sudo gparted at your terminal prompt.
If necessary, install the application first (“
sudo apt install gparted“). Next, choose your flash drive from the combo box at the top-right of the screen. After that, right click on your drive to view the context menu.
Using the context menu, unmount the drive and then choose “format to”. Choose a file system. We recommend fat 32.
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