How to Use the HP USB Disk Storage Formatting Tool

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You cannot make a USB boot disk natively through Windows, but you can use third-party tools such as the HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility to do so. This utility, created by Hewlett-Packard, writes a boot sector onto your USB drive so you can boot from it during start-up. Not all computers support a USB boot, but most modern systems have no problem with the process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB external drive

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  1. 1

    Download the HP Disk Storage Format Tool installation package. Double-click this package and click "Run" once the download completes.

  2. 2

    Click "Next" to begin installing the HP Format tool. Click "I accept the terms in the license agreement." Click "Next."

  3. 3

    Click "Next" and "Yes" on the second set of installation windows that appears. Click "Next." Click "Finish." Open the HP tool.

  4. 4

    Attach your external drive to the system. Select this drive in the "Device" drop down menu. Label the drive if necessary. Check "Create a DOS start-up disk." Click "Start." Once this process completes, the drive will be bootable.

Tips and warnings

  • Using the HP Format tool wipes off all of the information currently on your USB drive. Back up your data if you don't want to lose it.

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