At times, you need to format a hard drive, such as formatting an inaccessible hard drive to see if the drive is still useful. In this case, if you don’t know how to format a drive, you can refer to this article. Here we will teach you 6 handy methods.
Although formatting a hard drive will erase all the drive data, it can solve a lot of problems on the drive. Therefore, in some cases, you need to format a hard drive. For instance, when your computer fails to boot or runs very slowly, or you want to use a hard drive from scratch, you ought to format the hard drive. Yet, before formatting a hard drive, you have to make a backup for the drive data, which can make later data recovery, like PST recovery, much easier. After that, you can apply any one of the following means to format a drive.
1. Format in BIOS
- Firstly, reboot your computer from a bootable external medium, like a CD.
- Then, during booting, press “F2” or “F8” or “Delete” button to access BIOS.
- Next, change the boot order, setting boot from the CD/DVD.
- Later, save the modified option and exit BIOS.
- After that, reboot the computer and select “Use recovery tools” > “Windows installation” > “Command Prompt”.
- Lastly, input the “format c: /fs: ntfs” in the command prompt window.
2. Format in Command Prompt
- To start with, search “cmd” in the “Start Menu”.
- Then, launch the “cmd” program as admin.
- Subsequently, type the following command into the window: “diskpart” > “list disk” > “select disk [disk letter]” > “list partition” > “select partition [partition letter]” > “format”. Note: Replace the “[disk letter]” and “[partition letter]” as per your own case.
- Finally, input the “exit”.
3. Format in Disk Management
- At the outset, search “diskmgmt.msc” in the “Start Menu”.
- Next, run the “diskmgmt” program.
- In the popup new window, locate and right click on the drive or partition to be formatted.
- Then, choose “Format” from context menu.
- Later, select your desired file system.
- And tick “Perform a quick format”.
- Eventually, click “OK” button.
4. Format in Windows Explorer
- To begin with, in the “Start Menu”, click “Computer”.
- Then, in the “Windows Explorer” screen, right click on the drive or partition you want to format.
- And choose “Format” in right clicking menu.
- In the popup dialog box, select a file system and enable “Quick Format”.
- Ultimately, click “Start”.
5. Format with System Installation Media
- In the first place, boot your computer from a Windows installation CD/DVD.
- Then, wait for Windows loading files until you see Windows 7 logo.
- Next, from the drop down boxes, click “Install Now”.
- Afterwards, follow onscreen instructions until you reach the “Where do you want to install Windows?” screen.
- Subsequently, click “Drive options (advanced)” > “Format”.
6. Format via External Tool
The final approach is to make use of an external tool. There are multiple relevant utilities available in today’s market. You can choose and download a well-known and excellent one. Then launch it and follow its wizards to format a hard drive.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com