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[Solved] Hard Drive Takes Forever to Format

Updated on May 05, 2019 by Jean to Partition Manager

Summary:
How long does it take to format a hard disk of 500GB, 1TB or 2TB capacity? What to do if hard drive takes forever to format in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7? Here, hard drive format solutions are provided to help accelerate the format process without hanging, stuck or taking a long time to respond.

"Hi, I got stuck at formatting a 500GB Seagate external hard drive in Windows 10 and need your help. How long does it take to format a 500GB hard drive? It seems that my hard drive takes forever to format. Is there a faster way to format the drive instead of the typical Windows way?"

How long does it take to format a hard drive

Speaking of formatting a hard drive in Windows Explorer or Windows Disk Management, there is no set time to tell how long it will take to complete. However, the process bar should never cease, not hanging there and even not responding.

For your information, you can always format a hard drive within minutes or half an hour, depending on the hard drive capacity and used space on it. As estimated, to do a 'full' format on a 1TB hard disk in Windows, it will take a long time, like 2- hours, and over a USB 2.0 connection, it may take a day! In contrast, to do a 'quick' format is much faster, usually several minutes.

Why is your hard drive taking forever to format? One of the most common reasons is that you forget to tick the 'quick format' option when you don't want a full format.

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Fixes for a hard drive taking forever to format

When you're running into an unlikely finished disk formatting problem in a Windows PC, stop for a while, and pick up the three viable solutions.

1. Jump to #1. Use a third-party hard drive format utility

2. Jump to #2. Delete partitions and create new ones instead of formatting

3. Jump to #3. For an external USB hard drive, try to format via a SATA cable connection

Next, learn carefully from the do-it-yourself ways of troubleshooting hard drive that takes too long to format in the Windows operating system on a computer or laptop, with the help of EaseUS Partition Master. This free partition manager does well in managing hard disk partitions by resizing, deleting, formatting, creating, hiding and many other features that wait for you to explore.

1. Use a third-party hard drive format utility

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 Windows 10 is supported

Connect the drive if it's an external one to the computer where EaseUS Partition Master Free is installed. Launch the software, and the hard drive should appear. Let's begin with a more powerful way of quick formatting your disk partition.

If using a Windows alternative method still fails to shorten the formatting time, don't be upset, continue using the EaseUS Partition Master, let's try the other workaround. Many users stuck in the same situation solved the problem by deleting the available partitions on the hard disk and creating new ones.

2. Delete partitions and create new ones instead of formatting

Notice:
If you saved important data in the partition which you want to delete, move and save those data to another secure location in advance.
 

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on PC

On the main window, right-click on the hard drive partition which you want to delete and select "Delete".

Select parittion to delete

Step 2: Confirm the deletion

Click "OK" to confirm that you want to delete the selected partition.

Confirm to delete partition

Step 3: Execute to delete the partition

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

Complete the deleting process
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Now the partition or partitions should become unallocated space, to use it normally to store data, just create a new partition and give a proper file system on it with the EaseUS software as the link page demonstrates.

At last, we hope that you've rectified the problem without hanging on a formatting process anymore. For those whom we didn't help on this page, please make more efforts other than the mentioned two fixes.

3. Format via a SATA cable connection

If the problem is with an external USB hard drive, perhaps trying to plug it out from your computer, use a proper USB cable for connection would help get rid of the formatting trouble. Good luck.