How-to: Format a Disk in FAT32 MBR format


I was making a and the USB needed to be formatted in FAT32, MBR format. Apple’s disk utility wasn’t co-operating, so I moved over to Terminal.

In Terminal, I searched for my USB using the command: diskutil list

terminal screenshot

I found my USB name and disk number, then I entered the following command (be careful you don’t select the wrong drive!):

diskutil eraseDisk FAT32 DISKNAME MBR /dev/disk#

*changing out the bolded text.

This will make your USB a FAT32 formatted drive.

“FAT” stands for File Allocation Table, which is a computer file system architecture. It offers good performance even in lightweight implementations. It is supported for compatibility reasons by nearly all currently developed operating systems for personal computers and many mobile devices, thus is a well-suited format for data exchange between computers and devices of almost any type and age from 1981 up to the present.

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