How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

It sometimes happens that the USB drive does not work because it is not formatted properly. To me this has happened several times and I’m always in this case I use a program called GParted to format the USB drive and hard drives.

GParted is present in the Linux Mint software Manager, where you can install it or run the following command in terminal to install:

sudo apt-get install gparted

Insert your flash drive into the port on the computer and open the program GParted.

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

Now right click on the string with the USB stick, and on the shortcut menu, select Unmount:

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

Once your flash drive unmount, again right click on the line and now in the context menu to Format and select fat32 format:

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

I recommend fat32 format due too many media players can only read this format, in addition, if you plan to make this bootable USB flash drive that is fat32 mandatory

Now you need to apply all our previous actions:

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint

Your pen drive is formatted correctly.

In addition in Linux Mint has a utility called USB stick formatter:

Linux Mint USB stick formatter

I do not use, because several times after it had to re-format the drive in gParted. Use at your own discretion.

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Miracles Happen
Miracles Happen
2022 years ago

Unfortunately if you install Gparted it will remove Brave Browser from the system. Is there an alternative? Thanks!

Annunaki
Annunaki
1 year ago

Life saver! new to the linux world and I didn’t give my sdb6 partition enough space, mainly thanks to Timeshift, but I’m getting there lol….

hans
hans
1 year ago

DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTION, unless you are formatting for Windows. A drive formatted only FAT32 will not work with Linux Mint nor Ubuntu!!

mic
mic
Reply to  hans
1 year ago

But what is correct in your opinion?