[Full Guide] How to Format Hard Drive in Windows 10?

[Full Guide] How to Format Hard Drive in Windows 10?

On this page we will show you how to format a new hard drive in Windows 10 step by step.

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Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions


A hard drive, especially when it is new, needs to undergo formatting before files are dumped on it. It's an important task to make sure that the drive is functional and completely clean, without any malicious code or malware that can harm personal files and consequently put installation and operation under damage.

When you format your hard disk on Windows 10, all data is wiped out, meanwhile the file system, such as FAT32, NTFS, xFAT, is also erased. Therefore, if you want to transfer your file sytem from one to another, get down to wipe the hard drive completely.

In this article, I am going to tell how to format your Windows hard drive through two excellent methods. Scroll to explore it.

Format Hard Drive in Windows 10 with Windows Disk Management

A hard drive with partition configured already can just undergo the format to erase the data and make it a 'clean' drive.

Here are the steps to format the partition with Disk Management

format your windows hard drive

set hard drive format configuration

Here are the steps to using Disk Management to create and format a new partition

Are you aware of the steps to wipe your hard drive and disk partition completely through dsik management right now? You can read on to find the other method.

How to Format Hard Drive using PowerShell commands

Formatting a hard drive can also be done using PowerShell for Windows 10. Here are the steps to do so:

Note! if you see the "Set-Partition: requested access path already in use", change to another drive letter.

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Keeping a drive clean and free of malware and misbehaving codes is easy, if you clean your Windows hard disk regularly.

Compared the two helpful methods above, format your hard disk through Windows 10 Disk Management will be more efficient.

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