HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Excellent freeware that cleans thumb drives and creates boot drives

6.6

151 Votes

  • Category Disk
  • Program license Free
  • Version 2.18
  • Size 2.07 MB
  • Works under: Windows 2003 / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
  • Program available in English
  • Program by HP.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool works with Windows operating systems and helps you create back up copies of all the photos, videos, documents, and programs saved on your computer.

Whether you use your computer for work, school, or just plain fun, creating back ups of your important documents is necessary. You never know when a power surge might wipe out your hard drive or when you might suffer a hardware failure that deletes almost everything off your computer. While experts can sometimes recover a small amount of your data, using this tool ensures that you don't lose your family photos, vacation videos, work documents, and other content on your hard drive.

Not only does this tool work with most Windows operating systems, but it works with most flash drives, external hard drives, and disks too. When you plug that device into the port on your computer and run the tool, it will instantly find and give you information about that device, including the manufacturer and the amount of storage space remaining. You can then use that device to create a back up of your current system.

Many people worry about buying disks and flash drives to use as back ups because they assume that they need one with a lot of memory space. The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool can actually work with most disks and still save all your pertinent information. It actually asks if you want to compress that data before saving it on that device. Compressing your folders, documents, photos, and other files is a great way to save a copy of those files without taking up a lot of space. It can also let you create a DOS disk that contains all your start up details for use later.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool does a good job of formatting those disks and drives too. You can use it to remove older back ups or files that you no longer need to free up some space. Keep in mind that when you use this tool to format your drive that it will remove any files or folders saved on that drive. Some won't like that it doesn't provide details about whether the drive functions and that the manufacturer no longer offers support. If you need to format one or more drives and create back up files though, HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is a good choice.

Pros:

  • Creates back up files and folders for offline storage
  • Easy to use design
  • Lets you create start up DOS disks
  • Goes beyond standard Windows formatting tools
  • Features multiple ways of formatting disks quickly

Cons:

  • Manufacturer no longer offers official support
  • Formatting a drive with this tool will wipe out your saved files
  • Does not check whether the drive functions
  • May not work with all external drives and disks
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