How to Full Format External USB HDD in Windows Vista

Before bringing it 'back into service' for backup purposes, I chose to do a secure format outside of Windows with DBAN. The problem is that DBAN doesn't like my laptop (non-Mac), and the Linux kernel kept 'panicking'. After the failed format, Windows could not recognize the device (I thought it killed the drive, but alas, I just had to go inside the disk manager and create the RAW partition). Is this related to the NTFS formatting of the drive, or is there a more serious issue?

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Dany· Answered on Feb 03, 2023

If there is no vital data on your USB flash drive or other devices, you can format your USB drive to FAT32 or NTFS on Windows Vista with Windows' free built-in disk formatting utilities. Because your USB drive may become corrupted or inaccessible owing to RAW or incorrect file systems, bad sectors, or other issues, to solve these issues quickly, try to use CMD to format the USB drive:

  • In Windows, to access the context menu, press the Windows + X keys together
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) to launch the Administrator mode command
  • Enter convert (drive letter): /FS:NTFS, for example, convert G: /FS:NTFS

After a few basic steps, Windows will begin the file system conversion procedure. It may take some time, especially if you have a huge drive. The file system of the target device is now NTFS. You can view and use the saved data on the drive again.

You can also try Disk Management to format your USB flash drive to NTFS.

  • Select "Disk Management" from the Manage menu after right-clicking on This PC.
  •  Locate and right-click your USB flash drive or external hard drive, then choose "Format".
  • Change the file system on the USB to NTFS, check "Quick Format," and then click "OK" to confirm.

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