By Emily / Last Updated April 30, 2019

Necessary to format SanDisk Cruzer

SanDisk Cruzer USB flash drive is a popular device for users to store data. In many cases, it is necessary to format the SanDisk Cruzer disk.

> When it is brand-new, you need to format it to a compatible file system before you can normally use it in Windows computer.

> When you want to copy/transfer some vital data to the Sandisk Cruzer but fail with an error message “the media is write protected”, you can remove the write protection by formatting it.

> If you plan to share your Sandisk Cruzer with your friends or colleagues, you had better format it first to protect your privacy.

> When its current file system cannot satisfy your requirements, you can reformat it to another file system.

> If the SanDisk Cruzer is almost full and cannot hold new data any more, you can format USB to full capacity for new programs and applications.


How to format SanDisk Cruzer hard drive in Windows?

Generally, in Windows 10/8/7, you can use the built-in Disk Management, File Explorer, or Diskpart tools to format the SanDisk Cruzer and other brands hard disks. Next we will show you how to do it in detail via those three Windows built-in format tool.

Warning: formatting will destroy all data on the target disk, so please back up everything first.

1. Disk Management: right click “My computer/This PC”> “Manage”, click “Disk Management” under “Storage” to enter Disk Management interface; right click the SanDisk Cruzer hard drive and select “Format…”; choose a compatible file system and click “OK”.

DM Format

2. File Explorer: double click “My computer/This PC” to open File Explorer. Right click the SanDisk Cruzer drive and select “Format…”; select a file system, tick “Quick Format” and click “Start”.

File Explorer

3. Diskpart Service: click Start button, input “cmd” in the Search box, right click the given Command Prompt icon and select “Run as administrator” to open CMD window, and input the commands one by one: “diskpart” > “list disk” > “select disk “list partition” > “select partition # (1,2,3…)” > “format fs=fat32 or ntfs”


Powerful SanDisk Cruzer format utility

These three formatting methods can format hard drive which is in a good condition. But when your SanDisk Cruzer USB drive is read-only/write-protected, RAW or corrupted, they won’t work. Moreover, they cannot format a large hard drive (over 32GB) to FAT32 file system.

In order to get around such limitations, you can turn to a powerful SanDisk Cruzer format tool -AOMEI Partition Assistant. With this freeware, you can easily format SanDisk and other brands hard drive to FAT32, exFAT, NTFS and Ext 2/3/4 in Windows 10/8/7 even if they are corrupted, in RAW or write-protected. Furthermore, it also supports format an over 32GB drive to FAT32.

To format SanDisk Cruzer:

Step1: Download freeware. Install and run this sandisk cruzer format utility. Right-click a partition on the SanDisk Cruzer and select Format Partition.

Format exFAT Partition

Step2: In a pop-out window, select a desired file system like FAT32. Then click OK to continue.

Format exFAT To FAT32

Step3: Click Apply so to start formatting the partition on the SanDisk Cruzer.


What’s more, the software enables you to convert the SanDisk Cruzer between FAT32 and NTFS without data loss, too. If that’s what you long for, please follow the steps.

Step1: On the main interface of AOMEI Partition, select NTFS to FAT32 Converter at the left side.

Step2: Choose NTFS to FAT32, or FAT32 to NTFS according to your needs.


Step3: Click the SanDisk Cruzer, hit Next to go on.

Step4: Click Proceed to convert SanDisk Cruzer between FAT32 to NTFS without losing data.

With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily format SanDisk Cruzer drives in Windows. If you upgrade to Professional edition, you can even securely erase data from SSD drives completely, convert dynamic disk to basic and vice versa without data loss and extend system drive to deal with C drive full problem.