Format a Hard Drive on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista

Using Windows is fun for all the users, irrespective of age and demographics. This is due to the extreme user-friendliness of the operating system. Most of the offices across the globe have Windows systems to work. But Windows find its maximum application in domestic computing. A number of users use Windows operating systems on their home PCs and laptops. If you wish to utilize windows smoothly, you must know how to format hard drive on Windows 10, 8, 7,  XP and Vista.

This might sound a bit complicated to some users, but its one of the easiest tasks to do. Most of the times, people lose their data while trying to format their hard drive. You should not wonder whether can I get back accidentally formatted hard drive on my computer or not? in times of crisis. if you don't know the procedure to do that, you should try to learn it.

It depends upon the condition of hard drive whether a partition is needed. If you are using the hard disc that has never been used before, you have to perform partition of that drive after formatting. Sometimes, you can also get a partitioned hard drive that needs to be formatted.

How to Format Hard Drive on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista

In order to format the drive of your computer, you have to access the drive management window on your computer. There are a bunch of ways to access computer management and disk management on your computer. You can either access from the command prompt, if you do not wish to access the command prompt, you can open it through power menu. The power menu is on the bottom left corner of your windows. in windows 7 and XP, it is called the start menu.

Here is how you can format your hard drive on Windows:

1 - Open Computer management – This hard drive manager comes with every version of windows. you can get access to these options with the help of start menu or the user options menu. Both of these menus is same, just the name varies with some versions. You can go to this menu from control panel.

2 – Go to Disk management – You will find this option in the left pane of computer management window.

3 – Locate the drive you wish to format on your computer – You will see a list of the available drives on your computer once you click on Drive management. Locate the desired drive and highlight it.

4 – Right Click or Tap and Hold on the drive that you wish to format. – This will give you a new pop up for drive formatting.

5 – A new window will appear with the message “Format <X-Drive>:” – This will show a drive letter that you have selected and prompts to format it. If you have content on your drive, try to get a backup before you perform any formatting. As any kind of formatting of drive erases all the content of that particular drive.

6 – In Volume label text box, write the drive letter that you wish to assign. You can also leave it to keep the earlier drive letter. If your drive is a new one, windows will assign the name New Volume to that drive.

7 – Set the file system as the NTFS file system. You can also assign any other file system to the drive, but this file system is used in windows most of the times. unless you have a specific need for another file system, keep it as NTFS.

8 – Allocation unit size is there to allocate a size to your drive. You should preferably keep it Default unless there is a specific requirement. This will assign the memory space to your hard drive.

9 – For Windows 10, 8 and 7 there is an option to perform a quick format. This option is checked by default for general formatting. If you want to perform a thorough format of your drive, go to the checkbox and uncheck quick format option. This means your drive will be fully formatted.

10 – The next prompt asks for Enabling File and folder compression. It is recommended that it should be kept unchecked as there is no need to file and folder compression.

11 –A message appears stating “Formatting this volume will erase all the data in it. Backup any data you want to keep before formatting. Do you want to continue” Click OK.

12 – This will initiate the formatting process. You can keep a track of the progress through the status bar.

As soon as you see 100% in the status bar of formatting window, means your drive is formatted. The status of your drive changes to healthy with the completion of formatting.

You can change the name of your drive or the drive letter as per your requirement. If you have made partitions in the drive, you will see the partitions on your computer.

Post the format of your hard drive on windows, you can use the drive for storing information, files etc. you can also use various programs by installing them on that drive.

Format a Hard Drive on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista was last modified: December 27th, 2019 by John Harris

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