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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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  1. How to Format a drive in Windows 7-10, Open File Explorer: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Open File Explorer.

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

  2. How to Format a drive in Windows 7-10, Open the Format Menu: step 2, image 1 of 2 How to Format a drive in Windows 7-10, Open the Format Menu: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Right-Click on the drive you want to format, and click format

    • This is what should pop up.

  3. How to Format a drive in Windows 7-10, Format your drive: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • 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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