How to Partition Flash Drive on Windows/Mac? [2019 Updated]

Just like most storage mediums, partitioning a flash drive is also possible. There may be a number of reasons why you would want to partition a flash drive. If you have never partitioned a flash drive before, then don't worry; this article will help you. Read on to find how to partition a flash drive..

1How to Partition Flash Drive on Windows10/8.1/8/7?

Although it is possible to create multiple partitions on a flash drive via third-party tools, Windows will only read and show the first/primary partition. If you want the Windows to read a certain partition of the flash drive, then you will need a third-party tool to set that partition as primary.

Backup Your Data

Partitioning a flash drive will erase all data stored on it. That's why it is highly recommended that you back up all the important data before proceeding. The backup process is quite easy as all you need to do is connect the flash drive to your computer and copy the desired data to a location of your choice.  Follow these instructions:

  • 1. Connect your flash drive to your computer. Then open This PC on your Windows and find your flash drive.

  • 2. Double-click on it to see its contents. Select the files that you want to back up and right-click on them and click Copy.

  • 3. After that, navigate to the folder on your computer's hard drive where you want to store those files, right-click and select the Paste option. The transfer process will begin and your selected files will be copied to that folder.

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Now that you have backed up your data, you can proceed to partition your flash drive. Following are some methods to do this:

1Partition a Flash Drive Using Diskpart

You can easily partition a flash drive via the Diskpart utility of Windows. The utility is run through Command Prompt. Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Press Windows and R key on your keyboard at the same time and type "diskpart" in the Run pop-up window and then press Enter to launch it. A command prompt window will open.

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Step 2. On that window, input "list disk" to see which number your connected flash drive has.

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Step 3. Next, input "select disk X (X here is the number for your flash drive). It will be selected.

Step 4. Now input "clean" and press enter to clean the device.

Step 5. Now enter "list part" and then input "create partition primary". After that, input "list part" and then input "select partition 1". Set this partition as active by inputting "active".

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Step 6. Next, input "format fs=fat32" to format the partition. After that, your newly created flash drive partition will be ready to use.

2Partition a Flash Drive with an USB Flash Drive Partition Tool

If the method to partition a flash drive via diskpart seems complicated, then there is another easier way to partition a flash drive. You can partition the USB flash drive via a flash drive partition tool called Bootit. Follow these instructions to partition a flash drive via Bootit:

Fist, you should install and launch Bootit software on your computer.

Step 1. Connect your flash drive to your computer and make sure it is detected by the operating system.

Step 2. Now open Disk Management on your computer. You can launch it from the Start Menu.

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Step 3. Now select the current partition shown on the flash drive and delete it via the software.

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Step 4. After that, right-click on the unallocated space of flash drive and click on New Simple Volume to create a partition. You can specify the size, label, etc. for the new partition according to your preferences.

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Step 5. You can create multiple partitions on your flash drive by repeating the above step.

2How to Partition a Flash Drive on Mac?

If you want to partition your flash drive on your Mac, then you will be glad to know that it is possible. On Mac, you can do this via Disk Utility.

Steps to Partition Flash Drive on Mac

Follow these instructions to partition flash drive on Mac:

Step 1. On your Mac, open Disk Utility. And connect your flash drive to your Mac.

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Step 2. Once the Disk Utility is opened, select your flash drive from the sidebar and click the Erase button.

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Step 3. On the newly opened window, select OS X Extended (Journaled) from the Format menu.

Step 4. Make sure to click on Scheme > GUID Partition Map. Next, format the drive via the Erase option.

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Step 5. After formatting, click the Partition button and then use the "+" button to create and add additional partitions. Add as many partitions as you like.

Step 6. After setting the sizes, labels, etc. to partitions, click Apply to confirm your action. Partitions will be created.

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Bonus Tip 1. Best Way to Recover Files from Flash Drive after Partition or Format

It's wise to backup the data on your flash drive before partitioning or formatting it. So, what to do if you forgot this or some important files were left when made a backup? Don't worry, a powerful data recovery tool can help you find them back!

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Steps to Recover Files from Flash Drive after Partition or Format

Step 1. Open AnyRecover on your computer then select Formatted Disk Recovery mode.

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Step 2. Connect your Flash Drive to your computer, select it and click on Next button.

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Step 3. Determine which file types you want to recover, then click on Scan button to start the process.

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Step 4. After scanning, preview and select the files, then click on Recover button to get the lost files back.

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Bonus Tip 2. Best USB Flash Drive for Windows & Mac

Among many quality flash drives, SanDisk Extreme PRO 128 GB Drive is considered the most popular USB flash drive for Windows and Mac. Following are the top features of this USB flash drive:

  • Blistering speeds: 380 MB/s write, 420 MB/s read.

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By  Simon Marcus , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Apr 17, 2019  ( Updated: May 06, 2019 )

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