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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 46 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,549,454
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 17, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    96KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,842
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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USB flash drives are this century's floppies, holding everything from personal and medical information to music and pictures and even secure data, with the added advantage of being small and rugged enough for keychain duty. You can even boot from flash drives, just like the old floppies, which, together with portability, universal compatibility, and enough space to host useful tools, makes them ideal recovery devices. Hewlett-Packard's USB Disk Storage Format Tool can quickly and thoroughly format virtually any USB flash drive in a wide range of file systems as well as create bootable USB media. We tested it in Windows 7.

This compact tool has an equally compact interface, an efficient little dialog with selections for Device and File system, and an entry field for Volume label, and check boxes for format options, including the ability to create a bootable DOS start-up disk using either internal system files or files at a location you can specify. Other than Start and Close buttons, that's it, not even a Help file, though this tool is easy enough to figure out without one. We moved the data off of an older 1GB flash drive and inserted the drive in an open USB port. HP USB immediately identified it and its file type, FAT. We chose to reformat it in NTFS and enable compression. We clicked Start, and a pop-up warned us all data on the drive would be lost. We allowed it to proceed, and it formatted the drive in seconds. Clicking Close called up a small dialog with detailed information about the drive. We then moved the data back to the newly reformatted drive, ejected it, reinserted it, and verified that everything was in order, including our portable apps.

HP's little tool is the USB flash drive tool that could, bringing enhanced power and capability to your Windows system at no cost. We recommend it to anyone who uses flash drives.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best Card/USB Recovery Program Out There!"

February 12, 2012  |  By d3lan3

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

I literally tried several different recovery programs when my SD cards started showing that the size of them were incorrect. I have an 8GB card that started reading that it was only a 2GB card. I tried many recovery programs that took forever to reformat, only to not fix the initial problem. Then I tried the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and not only did it correct the problem, It did so in only 10 seconds! I would advise anyone who is having difficulty with their card to download this immediately! This is the best Free program that I have ever used! Thank you!

Cons

No Cons At All!

Summary

Without a doubt, the best program ever made regarding fixing your USB/SD Flash Cards!

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5 stars

"Worked Perfectly Under Windows 7"

September 12, 2013  |  By PPHreD

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

Fast. Simple to use. Effective.

Cons

None noticed.

Summary

Re-formated a Lexar SDHC FAT32 card which had been downgraded by my DSLR camera from 32GB to 8GB (the camera's maximum ability to handlel) during an initial in-camera formating. Windows own formating tool and several other programs could not correct this but the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool quickly recovered the full 32GB capacity. Super!

Updated on Sep 12, 2013

Forgot to mention, if you have trouble running this in Windows 7, right click on the .exe and choose "Run as administrator". It simply works!

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5 stars

"Simple yet excellent tool..."

August 14, 2013  |  By daangelo29

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

- It's easy to use. Its UI is very simple, yet the tool in general does the job like a boss.
- Gives you an option to format to FAT32 (which later versions of Windows now lack).

Cons

- Like the other guy said, "it doesn't cook breakfast".

Summary

It's so far the BEST disk-formatting tool out there.

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5 stars

"Works splendidly"

August 02, 2013  |  By Weebs86

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

Works as stated

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

Repaired a corrupted 4GB Sandisk Cruzer. Window's couldn't format it. I was ready to throw it away, but decided I would Google "repair corrupted flash drive." This program was the first result, and was free, so I figured I would try it. Worked brilliantly.

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5 stars

"This Product work Brilliant"

July 04, 2013  |  By richards-home78

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

I reformated my Kingston 64gb Micro USB drive with no problems what so ever.I needed to change it from NTFS to Fat32 to use on my Yamaha RX-V673 av receiver.Downloaded no nasties added in like new browser spyware ect.I have windows 7 ,I had to right click on the icon select run as administrator and it opened ,selected the drive then the format I needed click run 1 hour later it was up and running.It works perfect,I was really surprised half expecting it to junk my USB flash drive many thanks.

Cons

none that I have come across as of yet

Summary

Nothing more to say except what a good Tool this is

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5 stars

"Great little program."

May 29, 2013  |  By johntcaldwell

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

Simple to use.

Cons

It doesn't cook breakfast.

Summary

Flash drive got wiped out by Dell Backup and Recovery and neither the dell product nor Windows could access it. Tried using windows to format it but it failed repeatedly. First time I gave it a shot with this program, it worked like a charm! Thanks HP.

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5 stars

"works a charm"

May 07, 2013  |  By fixeverything

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

makes USB stick full capacity again, never had any errors with it

Cons

cant really think of one

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4 stars

"Having a little problem..."

April 09, 2013  |  By Zachula

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

Easy to find.
Easy to use.
Speedy to convert.

Cons

I just converted my Seagate 0130 USB storage device very simply to a FAT32, but instead of having a Terabyte of space (like it did originally), it only has 931 GB and it filled with 802 GB. The folder was empty when I converted it, and it looks empty when I open it now, but the properties say that it only has 128 GB free space. Any help?

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5 stars

"worked great thanks"

February 20, 2013  |  By paroa

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

easy to use

Cons

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Summary

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5 stars

"It does what it says it does."

February 12, 2013  |  By Jarkota

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

It's a tool for reformatting USB drives and SD/Micro SD cards in a much more complete and thorough manner than the built-in Windows 7 formatting tool. It takes longer, but you will get a 100% perfect formatting job out of it. No adware, spyware, viruses or licensing gimmicks, either.

Cons

None whatsoever.

Summary

I grabbed this because I needed to reformat a Micro SD card for my Nook Color, but Windows wouldn't recognize the card at all. This tool reformatted the card, which made Windows recognize it, and I was able to load all of my e-books onto the Nook with no problem.

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

December 08, 2012  |  By yogihpawar

 |  Version: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

Pros

thanks CNET for this software
Very easy install
pendrive can be formatted in vat or NTFS

Cons

i dont have any cons to tell

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Hewlett-Packard
Publisher web site http://www.hp.com/
Release Date November 17, 2009
Date Added November 17, 2009
Version 2.1.8
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows/XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 96KB
File Name HPUSBDisk.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,549,454
Downloads Last Week 8,842
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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