How to Format a USB Memory Stick Drive for Standalone DVR Backup

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This article helps explain step by step how to format your USB memory stick or thumb drive for backing on a Standalone DVR. Usually, the format required is FAT32 but you can check your instruction manual.

  • Insert the USB memory stick into the computer and format it to FAT32.
  • To do this insert the stick into USB slot and allow it to install drivers.
  • See the USB Memory Stick (it will be assigned a drive letter automatically so I am unsure what your computer will assign. Usually not A, B, C or D.
  • Be 100% sure that you choose the right drive. This can be tested by removing and reinserting the USB stick and watching for the drive letter to appear and disappear.
  • *** WARNING: Formatting the drive will erase all data. Formatting the wrong drive will delete files on the drive that is being formatted. ***
  • Right click on the Memory stick drive and choose FORMAT from the list that appears.
  • Check Quick Format box so that the format occurs quickly. Some formats can take several minutes or longer depending on the size.
  • In the FILE SYSTEM box choose FAT32.
  • Click Start and wait for message that Format is Complete to appear.