Disk formatting is done as a preparation for use of any operating system. It’s a common process done my many PC users. There are many ways you can do this task so if one method fails, you can opt to use another. In this article, we’ll show you how to format Drive C using your Windows computer.
A formatting of drive usually uses three processes. This includes low-level and high-level formatting, and partitioning. If you’re wondering why you even need to perform a format of Drive C, we’ll explain it. Typically a drive format is done, in a way, to refresh the drive. This deletes all the data in the hard drive (but not completely, you’ll find out why in the solutions below).
As promised, here are 5 ways you can Format C Drive in Windows 10.
This method is the most convenient way to perform format of Drive C. This doesn’t require any new install of Windows so you won’t need any Windows copy. Take note that installation of Windows will automatically format your drive. In this case, you don’t need to format Drive C anymore prior to installation. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to perform this.
Making System Repair Disc is one of your best options to format Drive C. It’s an excellent way if you don’t own any installation media of your OS but have a copy of Windows 7, 8 or 10. You can create your own disc and use it to boot then format drive C. Follow the instructions on how you can do this:
Firstly, you have create a System Repair Disc. Do this by following these steps:
a.Press the Start button then go to All Programs. Select Maintenance
b.Select Create a System Repair Disc and pick the location where you want to burn this. Place the CD in the optical drive before doing this or during this step.
c.Just follow the instructions in the process to continue.
Go to Command Prompt. Enter the following command:
format c: /fs:NTFS
NOTE: In this command, we’re formatting the drive to NTFS. You can choose a different format type.
Recovery Console is a built-in feature in most Windows OS that allows users to fix system issues. It makes use of commands to solve the errors. You can use this using the Windows XP Setup CD and are also using Windows XP or at least have it installed in your PC. This may be the most ideal method if you’re not running the newer editions of Windows.
There are plenty of diagnostic and repair utilities you can make use of. These are usually made by PC users and other companies. You may use this step if you can’t get hold of new versions of Windows to make your own repair discs.
Simply selecting all your files in a drive and permanently deleting them might not work. Using a data destruction program ensures you’re wiping your drive of all the data it contains. This leaves you with a good-as-new drive. It may also be seen as a factory reset.
Formatting any of your PC’s drives shouldn’t be too tedious. It’s an essential process you will do if you own a PC. With all of the solutions above, you’ll surely find an effective method to format Drive C.