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Using <span class="application">GNOME Disks</span>
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<div class="caution">
<strong>You might overwrite any hard disk on the computer.</strong> If at some
point you are not sure about which device to choose, stop proceeding.
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Make sure that the USB stick that you want to reset is unplugged.
1. Choose
<span class="menuchoice">
<span class="guimenu">Applications</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guisubmenu">Utilities</span>&nbsp;▸
<span class="guimenuitem">Disks</span>
</span>
to start <span class="application">GNOME Disks</span>.
A list of all the storage devices on the computer appears in the left pane
of the window.
Plug the USB stick that you want to reset.
A new device appears in the list of storage devices. This new device
corresponds to the USB stick that you plugged in. Click on it.
In the right pane of the window, verify that the device corresponds to the USB stick that you want to reset, its brand, its size, etc.
To reset the USB stick, click on the <span class="guimenu">[[!img lib/open-menu.png alt="Menu" class=symbolic link=no]]</span> button in the titlebar and choose <span class="guilabel">Format Disk…</span>.
In the <span class="guilabel">Format Disk</span> dialog:
1. If you want to erase all data securely, choose to
**Overwrite existing data with zeroes** in the
**Erase** drop-down list.
2. Choose **Compatible with all systems and devices (MBR/DOS)**
in the **Partitioning** drop-down list.
Click on the **Format…** button.
In the confirmation dialog, click on the <span class="bold">Format</span> button to confirm.