However, users reported that they can’t convert their USB HDDs to USB 3.0 drives.
> When I try to convert my USB 3.0 to USB 2.0, nothing seems to work.
In this article, we explore the best methods to convert a USB HDD to a USB 3.0 drive.
- The cl-usb-to-usb-direct-conversion tool can convert Cl-USB drives to normal USB drives.
- This solution can come in handy if you need to transfer files or install your OS on a USB drive.
- Make sure to check the drive’s capacity and format, since the program will read them.
Enable write protection
- Using a USB or portable disk, transfer the ISO file to your HDD.
- Locate the ISO file, right-click it, and select Properties.
- Select the Security tab.
- In the General tab, click Edit.
- Click Add.
- Enter your username.
- Enter your password.
- Click OK to save changes.
Change the File Association
- Open File Explorer from the Windows taskbar.
- Right-click on the USB disque dure and select Format from the menu.
- Select the FAT32 format and click on Start.
Use the Disk Management
- Connect the device to the PC.
- Go to the Search bar and enter diskmgmt.msc.
- When Disk Management opens, right-click the device and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
- Place a check mark next to the Removable Disk option.
- A new window will appear. Select the Change button.
- In the next window, select Disk and choose a USB as the drive letter.
Use the Command prompt
- Download Command prompt from this link.
- Launch Command prompt as administrator.
- Type the command below and hit Enter to run it: cleanmgr
- Look for Cl Usb Drive or any other drive name, right-click it and choose Properties.
- Choose Tools and choose Scan for hardware changes.
Use a third-party software
- Download the Universal USB Installer and run it.
- Select your USB drive, click Next, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Format the USB Drive
Connect the USB Drive to the PC.
Open File Explorer.
Right click on the USB Drive and choose Format.
Choose a file system for your USB drive.
Wait for the process to complete.
Use a USB Drive from a different manufacturer
- Plug in a USB drive from a different manufacturer. The error will be resolved.
- Or, if the error persists, install Windows on a different PC.
- Restart the PC and check if the error is resolved.