Format USB Flash Drive on Mac in Different Ways

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Ava

updated on 2020-04-07 to Data Erasure

If you want to format a USB flash drive on Mac, there are many methods for users to choose. For example, you can use the Mac system built-in Disk Utility to format a USB flash drive. Or you can choose a third-party tool to accomplish the task. On this page, we will just introduce a third-party software - TS DataWiper for Mac - to format USB flash drive on Mac.

how to format USB flash drive on Mac

Why users need to format USB flash drive on Mac? Actually, there are varieties of reasons that Mac users want to format a USB flash drive. Here we will show you some of the popular reasons:

  • Format USB flash drive to change the files system for special usage. For example, you may want to use the USB flash drive on both Windows and Mac machines. Then you can format the USB flash drive to FAT32 or ExFAT.
  • Fix file system errors by formatting the USB flash drive. If there are errors in the file system, you may have problems to access the USB flash drive. A format can help you format the drive and fix the issues directly. Then you can access the drive without problem.
  • Format and wipe USB flash drive before you give it to other person. If you need to lend or give the USB flash drive to other person, you may want to format the drive and wipe all the data on it.

Now we will share you about how to format USB flash drive on Mac on this page. Here we will introduce 2 methods to help you format USB flash drive on Mac. The first method is to format USB flash drive in Disk Utility. The other method is to format with TS DataWiper for Mac.

Format USB flash drive with Disk Utility on Mac

Before formatting USB flash drive, please ensure to move the files from the drive to another drive first. Especially if there are issues with the USB flash drive and you cannot access the files/drive, please first try to recover files from USB flash drive first. You can choose TogetherShare Data Recovery for Mac to recover the data first in such a case. After you back up or recover the data from the USB flash drive, then you can try to format it in Disk Utility as follows.

Step 1. Connect USB flash drive to the Mac computer first.

Step 2. Go to the Disk Utility, select the USB drive and choose the Erase option.

Step 3. Type the name and choose format, such as MS-DOS (FAT32), ExFAT, etc. from the format menu.

Step 4. Click Erase and the operation might take some time depends on the USB drive size.

After the process is finished, you can then have a totally empty and workable USB flash drive.

how to format USB flash drive on Mac

Format USB flash Drive by using TS DataWiper for Mac

TogetherShare Software provides a third-party tool TS DataWiper for Mac to help users format and wipe USB flash drive effectively. Please first download the software.

You can format the USB flash drive in the software simply. Please choose Disk Tool option. Select the USB flash drive and click the Format button to format the USB flash drive.

how to format USB flash drive on Mac

However, the lost data can be recovered if you simply format the USB flash drive in both the 2 mentioned methods. If you want to format the USB flash drive and also wipe the data on the drive permanently, you can use the following option instead.

Step 1. Choose the tool Erase Hard Drive, and select your USB flash drive.

how to format USB flash drive on Mac

Step 2. Click on Erase Now button to permanently erase all data on the USB flash drive. It will format the drive after wipe the drive.

how to format USB flash drive on Mac

With the software, you can not only format and wipe drive, but also it can wipe the lost data or shred files on USB flash drive, memory card, SSD, internal/external hard drive, and other storage media. Please download and use the software to wipe data or drive permanently.