What File Format is My USB Flash Drive?

Hard drives and storage devices typically have a format that dictates how files are stored on them. In many cases this might not matter for your needs, but occasionally the format of a device like a USB flash drive cna matter.

But before you go out and buy a new device, it’s helpful to check a flash drive that you already have to determine if it is the right format. The steps in our guide below will help you determine the file format of a USB flash drive that you have connected to your computer.


Check the File Format of a USB Flash Drive

The steps in this article will show you how to find the file format of a USB flash drive that you have connected to your Windows 7 computer. If you are checking the file format because you want to connect the flash drive to a device that requires a particular format, then you can read this article to learn how to format a USB flash drive.


Step 1: Connect the USB flash drive to a USB port on your computer.


Step 2: Click the Windows Explorer icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

click the windows explorer icon



Step 3: Click the flash drive in the column at the left side of the window.

click the usb drive in the left column



Step 4: Right-click the selected flash drive, then click the Properties option at the bottom of the menu.

click the properties option



Step 5: Check to the right of File system to see the current format of the flash drive. In the example image below, the format of the flash drive is FAT32.

check the format to the right of file system



Do you need additional USB storage, but a flash drive doesn’t provide enough space? Consider a portable hard drive to give yourself the option of multiple terabytes of storage.

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