Need to format Patriot flash drive
Patriot flash drive, a popular storage device, can be used for expending storage or
media to transfer data between different devices or back up files. And usually we need to format
the Patriot USB flash drives in the following cases:
Case 1. Before you try to use the flash drive to store
data, you need to first format it to a certain file system.
Case 2. If the flash drive is filled up with old and
unnecessary files and leave no space for other important data, you can format it
to free up the disk space.
Case 3. When your Patriot flash drive is
write-protected, then you cannot access and add new files to it. Therefore, you
had better reformat it to remove the write protection for reuse.
Case 4. The current or default file system of your Patriot
flash drive is not compatible with computers or not suitable for some large
files, like videos, you have to format it to a proper file system like NTFS.
Cannot format Patriot USB drives via Windows built-in tools
Generally speaking, the Windows built-in tools, like Disk Management, Diskpart
command prompt, are the first choices most computer users will make.
1) Format the flash drive via Disk Management: open Disk
Management by right clicking This PC, and clicking "Disk Management" under
"Storage" Tab ->locate and right click the Patriot flash drive->choose "Format" from the drop-down menu-> choose your desired file
system and click OK.
2) Format the flash drive via Diskpart command prompt: open the
command prompt by typing "cmd" at the search box, right click the program
and select "Run as Administrator". Type diskpart and press enter to launch
the program. The input the following commands in turn and press enter after each:list disk-> select disk # (# refers to the
number of the Patriot flash drive) -> clean-> create
partition primary-> format fs=fat32.
Usually, these two methods work well. But when you want to a flash drive over 32GB to
FAT32, you will find that Disk Management won’t offer the FAT32 file system for you
to choose during the formatting process. And in the Diskpart, you will get an error
message reporting: the volume size is too big.
Best Patriot flash drive format tool
As talked about above, the Windows built-in formatting tools might fail to format the
drives. Under such situations, you might need a powerful Patriot flash drive
formatter- AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
It is a versatile freeware utility designed for formatting any USB storage devices
like USB flash drive/stick/pen drive/portable drive, SD card, or other external hard
drives into NTFS, exFAT, Ext2/3/4, FAT32 file systems. It supports Windows
7/8/8.1/10/XP/Vista on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. For Windows Server users,
you can try the Server edition.
How to format Patriot flash drive in Windows10/8/7 via AOMEI Partition
To format Patriot flash drive successfully using fore-mentioned software, please do
as follow (we will take formatting flash drive to FAT32 in Windows 10 as an
Before you start formatting
1) Since formatting will delete all the data on the flash drive, so please copy
partition to another disk in order to ensure the data security.
2) Connect the flash drive that you intend to format to the computer, and make sure
the computer can detect and display it in its main screen.
3) Download the free flash
drive formatter, install it according to the hints.
Step 1. Run the software, find out the Patriot flash drive and
right click it to choose Format Partition from the drop-down menu.
Step 2. In the pop-out mini window, select FAT32 under File System tab and click OK.
Tips: You can also add a partition label so as to distinguish it
from other partitions easily when necessary. And you are able to change the Cluster size as you like.
Step 3. Click Apply->Proceed to commit the
In this article, we mainly focus on how to format a flash drive to FAT32 via a
professional Patriot flash drive format tool. Also, you can run it and take same
steps to format flash drive to other file systems. Moreover, AOMEI Partition
Assistant is also able to convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data, and vice versa. If you upgrade to
Professional edition, you can recover lost partition, convert
system disk beteween MBR and GPT, extend system partition with ease.