I got a 1TB Toshiba Portable Drive and I was looking for a way to format and label the drive. While searching here’s what I stumbled upon, pretty quick & easy: mkdosfs -n ‘YOURLABEL’ -I /dev/sdb1 The same can be achieved using mkfs as follows: mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1 -n YOURLABEL Once done, you can verify using blkid: blkid /dev/sdb1 Just a little update, to be able to copy files larger than 4GB (across Windows) you must format the drive using NTFS. mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdb1 -Q -L YOURLABEL We use the -Q option for quick formatting.