How to format a hard drive?

To format a hard drive means to erase any information on the drive and to set up a file system so your operating system can read data from the drive and write data to the drive. If you need to format a hard drive if you plan on using it in Windows or mac then you see the section below.

Format hard disk on window:

Using disk management utility :

Use the start menu to search for and open the disk management utility – “Create and format hard disk partitions”. Complete the following steps in disk management:

  • First of all, select the drive you wish to format from the list.
  • Right click on the drive and select Format.
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  • Enter a name for the drive in volume label and select the format type in the file system dropdown box.
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  • Click OK. It will take a short while to delete all the files and change the format of the disk.

Formatting an internal or external drive:

Complete the following steps in formatting an internal or external drive under Windows:

  • Boot into Windows as usual. Hold down the window + R. This opens the Run dialog. From here, type in diskmgmt.msc. Click OK.
  • Right-click on the drive to format. In this example you format a 32 GB drive:
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  • On the next screen, select the file system. Choose OK. To perform a thorough format, uncheck the Perform a quick format box.
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Format hard disk on mac:

Using disk utility:

A hard drive can be formatted with the Mac OS Extended file system by using Disk Utility. To format the hard drive, complete the following:

  • Go to Finder.
  • Click Applications.
  • Click Utilities.
  • On the left side of the window, click the drive name.
  • Click Erase.
  • Click Mac OS Extended under Format.
  • Enter a name for the drive.
  • Click Erase.
  • Click Erase again to confirm.

Format internal or external hard disk:

To format a hard drive on your Mac, follow these instructions:

  • Turn on your Mac desktop system and login. Open up Finder, and then click on Go.
  • Select Utilities.
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  • Select disk utility, and then choose the drive to format. MacOS shows you the options, which look something like this:
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  • Click on Erase. Select a file system of your choice for the new format. That’s it!