As you know, hard drives are important in the computer which can be used for data storage devices. When you first set up a hard drive for usage, it is necessary to make a format in a file system. What is hard drive format? Generally speaking, it refers to preparing the selected partition on the target hard drive, then delete all data on this partition and set up a file system for it. Before using a new hard drive, you should format it and then you can store files on your disk. Usually, NTFS and FAT32 are two common file systems, in addition, exFAT is also used. Moreover, maybe you choose to format a hard drive if you want to delete all files for some disk space. How to achieve this aim? This post offers four ways for it.
Before you do this work, it is suggested to make a backup for your data if there are some important files.
When it comes to formatting hard drive, Windows built-in Disk Management tool is always a good choice.
1. Please press “Win + R” keys to input “diskmgmt.msc” to open Disk Management. Or right click “My Computer” to select “Manage” to run this free tool.
2. Then you need to select the target volume and right click “Format”.
3. Then you can choose a file system you want. However, there is a limitation that Disk Management only can format a partition smaller than 32 GB to FAT32, so if you want FAT32 file system, this tool is unable.
In addition, it is allowed to format a hard drive in Windows explorer, so please open it. Here you can see all hard drives on your computer are listed. Please choose one you need to format, and right click “Format”, then select a corresponding file system and click “Start” button.
Please open diskpart by pressing “Win + R” and input “diskpart”. Then type the following commands in turn:
1. Type “list disk”.
2. Type “select disk n”. N means the disk number.
3. Type “list volume”.
4. Type “select volume n”. N is the drive number.
5. Type “format fs=ntfs quick label=XX”. XX should be the partition label.
There is two points you should know:
Diskpart doesn’t support Windows XP. Besides, it can’t help format partition to FAT32.
In addition to the above three ways, there is still another one, which is a partition and disk management – MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is very easy and quick to help perform many operations, such as resize partition, delete partition, format partition and so on. As for hard drive format, it is designed to make up for the deficiency of Disk Management, Windows Explorer and Diskpart. In other words, it can format partition without the limitation of partition size and it is available in all Windows operating systems. Besides, this tool can format a drive to NTFS, FAT32, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4 and Linux Swap. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard and then start to format hard drive.
Step 1: Launch this tool and then select a target drive to click “Format Partition” from “Operations” menu.
Step 2: Then you can set partition label, choose the file system, and set cluster size. Click “OK” to continue.
Step 3: Click “Apply” to finish this operation.
Now I have introduced you fours ways to format hard drive, so you should choose one according to your actual situations. If you want to know more information about this topic, please refer to How to Format a Hard Drive with Ease this post.