14 Apr 2013


In the computer, there are many ways you can format your memory card or flash drive. But among them, there is one I can advise you to use, i.e. by using DOS (data operating system). The reason why a make mention of this one is that it has all the files needed to format your drives.

It is not only memory card or flash drive that you can format using DOS; you can also use it to format other drives such as Hard Disk Drive, etc.

If your drive is giving you errors or that the drive is corrupt by virus or you simply want to delete everything from the drive, then you have to reformat the drive. DOS allows you to reformat your flash drive easily when you use the right commands. 


  1. Plug your memory card or your flash drive into your computer's USB port. Note: memory cards cannot be plugged directly to your computer but it can be done using a card reader.
  2. Click "My Computer" on the desktop to find out the letter of the drive you wish to reformat. For a flash drive, it should be removable disk (F:), and memory card (G:) but check to make sure in case if there is any variation. 
  3. Navigate to "Start," then click on "Run."  or you can use the shortcut which is (Win + R).
  4. In the Run window, type "cmd," which will bring up your MS-DOS windows.
  5. In the MS-DOS window, type the letter the drive you want to format bears and press "Enter", e.g (F:), this is just to confirm whether your computer is seeing the drive you want to format. If your computer sees the drive, then go ahead to the next step but if the reverse is the case, try removing the drive and putting it back.  
  6. In the DOS again, type "format F:" Note: the "F:" I used here is just to tell you to type the letter of the drive want to format, if your drive is designated with another letter, replace F: with that letter. Change FAT32 to NTFS if reformatting a drive larger than 10GB. 
  7. You will be asked to enter the "Administrative password." If you don't have any administrative password, please don't type anything here, just press "Enter" and go the next step. 
  8. Hit "Enter"; you may be asked to "Yes" to confirm that you really want to format the drive, just type "Y" only and click "Enter".
  9. In case if another question arises, read and understand the question first before issuing any command.
  10. If you are asked to enter the volume of the drive either at the beginning or after the formatting, just type the name you gave your drive e.g. Emeka, sky baby, Frank, etc., if it is asked at the begging, "Type the name it bears, but if asked after the formatting, "Type the name you will like the drive to bear at that time." and click "Enter."
  11. Type "Exit"  and click "Enter" to exit the DOS window. That is all!
  12. Please remember to click "Enter" after typing anything. 
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