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Convert or Format Bootable USB Pen Drive to Normal

Updated by Roxanne on May 12, 2022
Written by Brithny
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"About two weeks ago, my Windows 10 failed to boot due to unknown reasons, then I took the advice which asked me to make my USB bootable to repair the system. Now the problem is fixed and I want to convert the pen drive back to normal. Does anyone know how to do it?"

In this article, we provide you one disk manager, EaseUS Partition Master and other solutions.

3 Ways to Convert/Restore Bootable USB Pen Drive to Normal

Creating a USB bootable disk can help you enter into the WinPE environment when the Windows system fails and prevents you from booting the PC. And when you succeed, you may want to restore the bootable USB to normal so that you can use it as an external storage media.

Fortunately, formatting a bootable pen drive can make it a normal USB. Here, we have listed 3 effective methods, you can choose the most suitable one.

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Before starting, make sure that you have set your PC hard drive as the first boot device in BIOS, and then insert the bootable USB drive into your Windows PC.

Method 1 - Format Bootable USB to Normal using EaseUS Partition Master

To format a USB drive, the most common methods you can find are using Windows built-in Disk Management and Diskpart. These two methods require users to be familiar with the command prompt, which is a bit difficult. If you are a novice, here we'd like to recommend an easy and handy tool - EaseUS Partition Master

Key features of EaseUS Partition Master:

  • Easy Operation. Formatting a bootable USB in four simple steps and requires no command-line knowledge.
  • Sustainable Use to Manage Partitions.  It supports you to resize, merge, clone, and format partitions effortlessly. 
  • Partitions Converter & Wizards. Efficient MBR/GPT converter, Primary/Logical converter, Dynamic/Basic convert.
  • 100% Safe. Approved by authorized agencies like PCWorld, Softonic, and Tech Advisor, etc.

Download EaseUS Partition Master now, and follow the detailed steps below to format the bootable USB.

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Step 1. Select the USB drive to format.

Connect the USB drive or pen drive to your computer. Download and launch EaseUS partition software. Right-click the USB drive you intend to format and choose "Format".

Step 2. Set the drive letter and file system on USB.

Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. Check "OK" to confirm formatting USB.

Click "OK" if you see the Warning window. If you have important data on it, back up the data in advance.

Step 4. Apply the changes.

Click the "Execute operation" button first, and then click "Apply" to format the USB drive.

Method 2 - Convert Bootable USB to Normal Using Disk Management

In Disk Management, you can also format the USB. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Click Start, in the Run box, type diskmgmt.msc and press "Enter" to start the Disk Management tool. 

Step 2. Right-click the bootable drive and select "Format". 

Step 3. Type a label to quickly identify the flash drive in the "Volume label" field.

Step 4. Select the proper file system, and click the "OK" button to continue.

Method 3 - Format Bootable USB to Normal Using Diskpart

If you are familiar with the command prompt, then Diskpart is another method you can apply. Below are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Click Start, in the Run box, type diskpart, and press "Enter" to start the diskpart command prompt. 

Step 2. Type the following commands and press "Enter" after each move. 

list disk
select disk X (replace X with the disk number of your bootable USB drive)
clean
create partition primary
format fs=fat32 quick or format fs=ntfs quick (select one file system based on your own needs)
exit

After completing the steps, the USB flash drive will be formatted with the option that you specified.

Convert Bootable Pendrive to Normal with Actions Now!

This is all about how to make a bootable USB drive to normal. Simply put, you need to format the bootable USB. Formatting external storage devices is not difficult. Disk Management and Diskpart are both reliable tools. Moreover, you have a professional partition management tool - EaseUS Partition Master to help. Don't worry, go ahead and rescue your pen drive.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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