howto format a usb thumb flash drive

to format a usb thumb drive you need a software called “gparted”.

installing gparted

to install it use the following command:

sudo aptitude install gparted

or you may also use the “Software Manager”,

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

search for “gparted” and install it.

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

run gparted

after the installation run it either by starting it with the command

gparted &

using the terminal or you may also find it in the mint menu listed in the group “Administration”

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

or just type “gparted” into the search box.

formatting

select the device you want to format from the dropdown list in the top right corner

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

when you made sure you have selected the correct device right-click the partition and select “Unmount”

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

then right-click the partition again and select the format you want the thumb drive to have from the sub-menu “Format to”

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

apply the changes by clicking on the ‘return’-button “Apply All Operations”

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

you have to confirm the operations to take effect

howto format a usb thumb flash drive

once the thumb drive is formatted you may close all windows and mount it by clicking on it in a nautilus window.