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Q.  Can a USB drive be reformatted? If so, how?

A.  When you plug a USB drive (flash drive, etc.) into your computer, it will recognize the device as an external hard drive. Since it does that, the USB device can easily be formatted. However, USB drives do not work with Windows 95 or Windows 98, unless you install the correct drivers.

To reformat your USB drive, double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and then find the icon of the USB drive you have plugged into your computer. Right click the correct USB drive and choose the Format option. You can then make any changes you want to the Options screen that appears and when you're done, just click on the Start button. Windows will then format your USB drive. However, reformatting your USB drive will delete everything on the drive and all of your data will be lost. So, make sure you remove any important documents and files from your USB device before you proceed on with the reformat process.

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