How to Format a USB Drive as exFAT

For Windows

Whether you're running Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, the steps are essentially the same.

  1. Plug in the USB drive.
  2. Open Windows File Explorer and go to This PC (aka Computer or My Computer).
  3. Right-click the drive, and select Format...
This is a screenshot of a USB drive being formatted using the context menu in Windows
  1. Under File system, choose exFAT.
This screen capture shows the format tool option menu, which includes capcity, file system type, allocation unit size, and volume label.

To format your drive, you simply make your selection, click Start, followed by OK to confirm that you really want to erase all data and the drive will be formatted.

This menu warns the user that formatting will erase all data on the drive.
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