View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] how do you format a usb flash drive?

November 23rd, 2008, 08:42 AM
i tried to do it on my own. even searching/looking at this forum with no help.

how do i format it to FAT32 with some simple clicks and how do i do it i the terminal?

November 23rd, 2008, 08:52 AM
well, first you have to partition it and then you have to apply a filesystem...

in the gui you can do this with gparted
in the shell you can use "sudo fdisk /dev/NAME_OF_USBDEVICE" and then you you run "sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/NAME_OF_USBPARTITION"

November 23rd, 2008, 08:55 AM
sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/"yourusbdevice"

November 23rd, 2008, 09:47 AM
thanks guys, but how do i found out the part about "NAME_OF_USBPARTITION" or "YOUR device"

i tried to do it on my own, but i think its /media or i have no clue

November 23rd, 2008, 09:51 AM
Use the command:

sudo fdisk -l
This will give you a list of the devices on your system, you should see something like /dev/sdc1 listed.