How to Format a USB Drive into NTFS Format in Windows 11 or 10?

The term “file system” refers to a method of organizing data. While formatting the disk, you should always choose NTFS (New Technology File System) file systems for better performance and security.

However, due to its broad compatibility, FAT32 (File Allocation Table) is the default file system for USB flash drives. But, the NTFS file system offers better security and larger storage support, among other benefits.

There are many applications available online for formatting USB drives. In addition, Windows 11 and 10 support a variety of methods for formatting USB drives.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you with several methods to format a USB disk with NTFS technology. In addition, you’ll learn how to check your USB drive’s file format.

Quick Note: When you format your USB drive, all the data on it will be permanently deleted. So, backup any important data before formatting your drive.

How to Check USB Drive File Format?

It is possible to check your USB drive’s properties to confirm that NTFS is the file system being used. Here are the steps to check the format of the USB drive:-

Step 1. Go to File Explorer and click This PC.

Step 2. Then, select Properties from the right-click menu of your USB storage device.

Step 3. Finally, switch to the General tab from the Properties dialog box.

If NTFS is read in the File system section, you are good to go. If not, you should format your disk using NTFS.

How to Format the USB Drive Using File Explorer?

To format your USB drive using File Explorer, do these steps:-

Step 1. Ensure that your USB drive is connected to your PC and that the computer has detected it.

Step 2. Next, open File Explorer.

The easiest way to do this is to right-click on the Start button and select File Explorer from the menu that appears.

Step 3. Click on This PC in the left pane of File Explorer to view all connected devices and drives.

Step 4. To format your USB drive, right-click on it and choose the Format option.

Step 5. You’ll see the Format dialog when you’re done. Choose NTFS from the “File system” drop-down.

Step 6. You may rename the Volume label (the name of your USB drive) or leave it as it is. Under Format options, check the Quick Format option.

Step 7. To begin the format process, click the Start button.

Step 8. When the warning appears, click OK.

Once done, the Windows format utility will quickly format your drive to NTFS.

Disk Management: How Do I Format a USB Drive to NTFS?

Windows comes with a disk management utility called Disk Management. It can be used to create and shrink volumes, change driver letters, and even format USB drives.

To format a USB drive using Disk Management, follow these steps:-

Step 1. Open WinX menu by pressing the Windows + X keyboard shortcut.

Step 2. Then, open the Disk Management tool by clicking on it.

Step 3. Once done, a list of all the storage drives connected to your computer will appear in Disk Management.

Step 4. You can format your USB drive by right-clicking it in the list and selecting the Format option.

Step 5. Next, select the NTFS from the File system drop-down menu.

Step 6. Optionally, check the option “Perform a quick format.”

Step 7. Finally, click the OK button.

How to Format a USB Drive to NTFS through Command Prompt?

In case the above methods do not work for you, you can use the built-in tool Command Prompt to format your USB disk with the NTFS file system. With the diskpart utility, you can clean and format a USB drive to use NTFS.

In order to format the USB drive using Command Prompt, follow these steps:-

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt with administrative rights.

You can do this by pressing the Windows key and typing cmd. Next, choose Run as administrator after right-clicking on the Command Prompt prompt.

Step 2. To launch the DiskPart command-line tool, type the following command in the Command Prompt window and press Enter key on the keyboard:-


Step 3. To view all of your computer’s connected disks, type the following command and hit Enter:-

list disk

Step 4. Locate your USB drive in the output. USB drives are often listed at the bottom of the list, but you can also recognize them by their size. Now, select your disk by running the following command:-

select disk N

Note: In the above command, replace “N” with the disk number. As an example, if your USB drive is listed as Disk 1, then the complete command would be as follows:-

select disk 1

Step 5. Now, you will need to type the following command to erase your UBS drive:-


Step 6. After that, create a primary partition using the following command:-

Create partition primary

Step 7. Now that the USB drive has been cleaned, you can format it. For NTFS file system formatting, run the following command:-

format fs=ntfs quick

Step 8. Despite formatting your USB disk, it won’t appear under “This PC” until you assign a drive letter to it. Using the following command, you can assign a drive letter to your USB drive:-

Assign letter=N

Note: Instead of “N,” you can use any free drive letter on your computer.

It’s all done. You will now see your USB drive on this PC.

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