The time when USB sticks were only slow data carriers is over. Today, depending on the manufacturer, USB sticks are fast and can replace external hard disks if they support USB 3.0 or higher and also contain memory chips such as an SSD hard disk.
In order to be able to use a USB stick like a hard disk, an appropriate formatting is required, where the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool from the manufacturer HP.
Knows the Microsoft file formats
The freeware and system software supports the Microsoft formats FAT, FAT32 and NTFS with and without compression. With the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool you can format a 32 GB USB stick with the file system FAT32 like with H2format. This formatting would not work with the Microsoft Windows Format Tool, since Windows is only allowed to format volumes up to 32 GByte with FAT32.
USB stick with HP USB disk storage format tool bootable make
In addition to formatting, a USB stick can also be made bootable with the HD USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Bootable USB sticks, like external hard disks, are capable of booting operating systems installed on them. For example, you can install an emergency system on the USB stick and start it if you need to repair the operating system on the computer.
Using a USB stick as a data rescuer
A USB stick can quickly be equipped with an emergency operating system that can be started for repair in case of emergency. In addition to c’t emergency Windows and Disinfec’t, Knoppix or Clonezilla can also be used. Knoppix brings even an Installer with it and does not need the HD USB Disk Storage Format Tool actually. As an alternative to the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool there is the portable version of UNetbootin or the LinuxLive USB Creator. The tools are also freeware, install Linux operating systems bootable on a USB stick or SD card and download the image of the desired Linux distribution if you do not have an ISO image at hand.
Freeware for Windows
The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is no longer maintained by the manufacturer. But we still offer the latest version 2.2.3 of the freeware for download for Microsoft Windows.