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make an ntfs formatted usb drive with a label

For some reason, I found it difficult to find the answer as to how I could take an USB thumb drive, format it with the NTFS file system, and label it. All from the command line and on Linux. After Googling, Duck Duck Go-ing it, and searching with Qwant I remembered that I have a handy little program installed called tldr.

tldr mkfs.ntfs

One of the results was the following:

  • Create filesystem with a volume-label: mkfs.ntfs -L {{volume_label}} {{/dev/sdb1}}

So first of all I needed to find the right device name for the thumb drive I had plugged in so I didn’t overwrite my 200 gigabyte home folder!

sdc               8:32   1   7.6G  0 disk  
└─sdc1            8:33   1   7.6G  0 part

Now that I had the right device to write to, I could create a file system on it.

sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdc1 -L "THE WALKING DEAD"

Bingo! That did the trick.