[SOLVED] How long does it take to full format a 1/2 terabyte flash drive? I've been waiting.

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I'm trying to convert my Phillips 3.0 fash drive from FS to NTFS using Windows command-line. The flash drive has always been slow. It contains about 150 GB out of 1/2 terabyte of storage. How much longer can I expect to wait? It has been almost 10 hours now and I'm getting nervous. I know that it's still doing something because the flash drive has a flickering light.
 

popatim

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This entirely depends on the speed of the Flash drive.
A full format writes and reads the entire drive checking for bad sectors.

At this point, your data is erased. I would cancel the full format and do a quick format.
 

popatim

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This entirely depends on the speed of the Flash drive.
A full format writes and reads the entire drive checking for bad sectors.

At this point, your data is erased. I would cancel the full format and do a quick format.
 
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The read speed is up to 100 MB/s. The write speed is up to 30 MB/s. When mine is writing though, it usually varies between 20 and zero. People have said that they've done this conversion without losing data, and I'd rather not lose data because I have a couple things that are not backed up.
 

USAFRet

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The read speed is up to 100 MB/s. The write speed is up to 30 MB/s. When mine is writing though, it usually varies between 20 and zero. People have said that they've done this conversion without losing data, and I'd rather not lose data because I have a couple things that are not backed up.
Wait....you're doing, from your title, a "full format".
Yet there is (or rather WAS) data on this that you still need?
 
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I used

CONVERT d: /FS:NTFS /NOSECURITY

I saw that from a YouTube video with lots of comments saying they used it without losing data. I didn't think this would take such a long time.

I'm converting from FAT32.
 
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Wait....you're doing, from your title, a "full format".
Yet there is (or rather WAS) data on this that you still need?
I think I'm doing a full format because this is taking a billion years. Not a good idea in hindsight. Should have backed up a few things and then performed a quick format. This is now a waiting game and I'm not 100% certain if I'll get the data back. :rolleyes:
 
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I unplugged the flash drive in the middle of formatting because I was just going to quit on it. I put it back in and got a Windows pop-up saying that the flash drive had major issues, so I click on it for a "scan and repair". Windows actually did its job and fixed things, my data is still there! I was able to open them without problems. What a relief, I was getting pretty annoyed. It's still in FAT32 format by the way.
 

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