Tutorial on How to Format a Partitioned Hard Drive

There are times when you need to format a partitioned hard drive. This situation may arise when you are installing a new OS, selling your PC or laptop to others or to create a backup for your system. In any case, you have to format the hard drive in order to maintain the data integrity. Continue reading to know how to format a partitioned hard drive.

Learn how to use Disk Management to format your hard disk drive

Disk Management is a Windows built-in tool which you can use to repartition and format your hard drive.  Here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Open Disk Management

In Windows 7, press “Start” menu, right-click on “Computer” and select “Manage”. Then, click “Disk Management” under the “Computer Management” window.

In Windows 8 or the higher versions, right-click the “Windows” icon and choose “Disk Management”.

Step 2: Partition your hard disk drive

If your HDD is not partitioned, follow the below instructions to partition it. Otherwise, skip this step and directly go to Step 3.

  • Right-click the unallocated space or solid black bars and choose “New Simple Volume” then click “Next”.
  • Next, make sure the “Simple volume size in MB” value is exactly same as the “Maximum disk space in MB” value and click “Next” button to create a single whole-drive partition.
  • Assign any drive letter to the disk and press “Next”.
  • Click “Format this volume” tab and select the “File System”.
  • Set “Allocation unit size” at default and enter the name for the partition under “Volume label” then click “Next”.
  • Confirm your selections and hit “Finish” button.

Step 3: Format a partitioned hard drive

Once your HDD is partitioned, right-click the white space or blue bar and choose “Format” icon.

  • Select a name for the partition in the “Volume label” and set the file system as “NTFS”.
  • Next, keep “Allocation unit size” to Default.
  • To thoroughly format your drive, uncheck “Perform a quick format” or “Enable file and folder compression” box.
  • Click “OK” in the confirmation box to initiate the formatting process.

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