Windows 10: Windows 10 home doesn't see exfat formatted flash drive

Discus and support Windows 10 home doesn't see exfat formatted flash drive in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have a 32gb flash drive formartted as Exfat and I frequently use it with a Windows 10 Pro work and eventually in a Mac OS Mojave home. When I try to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by HenriqueMiranda2, May 15, 2021.

  1. Windows 10 home doesn't see exfat formatted flash drive


    I have a 32gb flash drive formartted as Exfat and I frequently use it with a Windows 10 Pro work and eventually in a Mac OS Mojave home. When I try to use it in my laptop, with Windows 10 Home, it doesn't appear in Windows Explorer, but I can see it in disk mananger, properly formatted. What is the matter?

    :)
     
    HenriqueMiranda2, May 15, 2021
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  2. Formating to exFAT

    Hi Taylor,

    If you want to format an external hard drive or USB flash drive in exFAT, you can follow these steps:



    • Press and hold Windows key + x on your keyboard. This open the context menu.
    • Select Command Prompt (Admin).
    • Type format g: /FS:exFAT and then Enter to begin formatting the G drive as exFAT
    For any query, feel free to reach us.
     
    Marque Lor, May 15, 2021
    #2
  3. Formating to exFAT

    If that's the case, you might need to use a format manager software, but you can try these other steps first.

    Kindly follow the instructions below:

    • Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port.
    • Type devmgmt.msc in the Search textbox beside the Windows icon and press
      Enter.
    • Find Disk Drives and expand it.
    • Find the USB flash drive you want to format, and double-click it. It opens the Properties dialog box.
    • Click Policies tab.
    • By default, the Optimize for quick removal option selected, switch it to
      Optimize for performance and then press OK.
    • Now open Computer. Right click on the USB Flash Drive and select
      Format. The Format dialog box now appears.
    • Select exFAT in the File System field.
    • Press Start and wait while the process is completed.

    Let us know how this goes.
     
    Marque Lor, May 15, 2021
    #3
  4. Pavan_N Win User

    Windows 10 home doesn't see exfat formatted flash drive

    exFAT Format with Windows 10

    Hi Brandon,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community.

    I understand your concern and frustration you have been through. I will be glad to assist you.

    By default, Windows provides the option to format a USB flash drive with FAT or FAT32 file systems only, but not with NTFS (New Technology File System.)

    The reason behind this is that there are some disadvantages of NTFS usage in this case. First of all, the speed of saving on the flash drive decreases (but the speed of reading data from the drive is the same), and you have to be more careful to always remove
    the USB flash drive safely.

    However, you can still format the Flash Drive in the NTFS format. Follow these steps for the same.

    1. Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port.

    2. Press Windows Key + R, type devmgmt.msc in the Search textbox and press Enter.

    3. Find Disk Drives and expand it.

    4. Find the USB flash drive you want to format, and double-click it. It opens the Properties dialog box.

    5. Click Policies tab.

    6. By default, the Optimize for quick removal option selected, switch it to Optimize for performance and then pressOK.

    7. Now open Computer. Right click on the USB Flash Drive and select Format. The Format dialog box now appears.

    8. Select NTFS in the File System field.

    9. Press Start and wait while the process will be completed.

    10. Now your USB Flash Drive is formatted with NTFS format.

    If you wish to format external hard drive in exFAT follow the steps below.

    1. Right click on start and select Command Prompt (Admin).

    2. Type format g: /FS:exFAT and then Enter to begin formatting the G drive as exFAT

    Hope it helps. Do let us know if your issue is resolved. For any further query, feel free to contact us.

    Thank you.
     
    Pavan_N, May 15, 2021
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