Saturday, November 6, 2010

Formatting Pen Drive In Linux

In windows, formating a pendrive is readily available at the right click. But in Linux this is not the case. Even though right click formating has been added to Ubuntu from 9.10 onwards, most other distributions don't have this feature.

There are a couple of ways for formatting pendrive. One of the simplest method is to use GParted. GParted is a graphical partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. In most of the distributions, GParted will be installed by default. If not installed, enter the following command to install GParted 

apt-get install gparted

(you need to have root privilleges)

Now insert the pendrive which you have to format.Open GParted from the menu or from the terminal.


From the top right corner select your device.

Before formatting, you should unmount your pen drive. To unmount : Right click on the partition and select unmount.

Now to format the pen drive to FAT32 :

Right click on the partition and  select Format To - FAT32.

Now click Apply button on the tool bar.

That's all. Your pendrive willbe be formatted to FAT32.

Similarly you can format your pen drive to any other file system.

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