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4 Tools to Low Level Format Disk in Windows 11

Some people might be unfamiliar with low-level formatting. They might think that formatting a drive is enough to clear all the data and remove it. However, formatted data can still be recovered. Therefore it is necessary to low-level format a drive and wipes out its data forever. This article tells in detail about how to low-level format a drive.

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Updated by Roxanne on Apr 09, 2024
Written by Tracy King

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Option 1. EaseUS Partition Manager Step 1. Right-click the hard drive partition and choose the "Format" option; Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label...Full steps
Option 2. HDDGURU Step 1. Download HDD Guru from their official website and install it on your PC; Step 2. Start the HDD LLF program...Full steps
Option 3. USB Low-Level Format Step 1. Download and install USB low-level format from their website; Step 2. Run it after installation and start...Full steps
Option 4. Diskpart Step 1. Press Win+R, press enter after typing CMD; Step 2. Type diskpart in the command prompt and press enter...Full steps

4 Tools to Low-Level Format Disk in Windows 11

You might be hearing the word low-level formatting for the first time. However, the professionals have used it for ages. Low-level formatting becomes the need of an hour in some instances when you have to erase the data permanently and allow nobody else to recover it. 

If you are selling your computer, mobile, or tablet and have some sensitive data, formatting it will only remove it from the sight and remain available for recovery. However, low-level formatting will make it vanish forever.

What Is Low-Level Format (LLF)?

Low-level formatting is the next step of a standard format. In a standard format, the data is just removed for sight, and you can recover it whenever you want using any recovery software like the EaseUS data recovery tool. However, if you want to destroy your data and allow nobody else to access or recover it, low-level formatting comes in handy in such cases.

Low-level formatting formats the disk drive first of all. Then, it packs the remaining space with zero values causing the data to be deleted forever. 

You can do low-level formatting on your HDD, SDD, USB, and other storage devices.

How to Low-Level Format Disk in Windows 11?

Option 1. Use EaseUS Partition Manager

If you want to save your data from any recovery risks, the EaseUS Partition Manager can help you. EaseUS Partition Manager is a top-of-the-line low-level formatting tool.

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Step 1. Right-click the hard drive partition and choose the "Format" option.

Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label, File system, and Cluster size for the partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. You can see a warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button, then click "Apply" to start formatting the hard drive partition.

Its main features are:

Automatic Low-Level Formatting: This easy-to-use and convenient tool can make actual sectors, cylinders, tracks, and control structures for your low-level formatting automatically.

Shifting of OS: The usage of this tool is not only limited to formatting. You can also shift your operating system from any storage device to the SSD. This shifting can speed up the boot and processing speed of the windows making your PC run smoother.

Other Partition Changes: Apart from formatting, you can also change the settings of your partitions. This tool can help you to create more partitions, manage their storage space, clone a partition, and do a disk speed test.

Easy to Use: Low-level formatting and other terms might seem like rocket science to some people. However, the EaseUS partition manager eases their trouble. This tool is extremely easy to use with a convenient user interface. Even if you are using this tool for the first time, you won't feel lost.

24/7 Assistance: In case you encounter some issues while using this tool, the EaseUS technical assistance team will be up for the service 24/7.

Option 2. Use HDDGURU

HDD LLF is among the most widely used and strongly rated applications for low-level hard disk format. This application encrypts the operation of zero-filling an SSD which involves re-initializing the drive to factory reset by sending a 0-byte value to every address on the disk drive. As a result, all sectors will be wiped, and all data collected will be permanently destroyed.

Here is how you can do it:

Step 1. Download HDD Guru from their official website and install it on your PC.

Step 2. Start the HDD LLF program on the Guru.

Step 3. Select the partition or drive you to want to low-level format and press the continue button.

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Step 4. Now, click on the low-level format tab in the middle and select format this device to start the formatting process.

low level format tab

Let the application do its thing, and within some seconds, you will have your HDD, SSD, or USB drive low-level formatted.

Option 3. Use USB Low-Level Format

USB low-level format is also one of the easiest tools on the market to low-level format your HDD, SSD, or USB drives. Moreover, it is available for free. Here is how you can use it:

Step 1. Download and install USB low-level format from their website.

Step 2. Run it after installation and start selecting your specifics.

disk storage low level format 7.0

Step 3. Firstly, select the storage device you want in low-level format from the top.

Step 4. Then, select the formatting algorithm and press enter.

Your formatting will start, and you will have a clean and secure storage drive soon.

Option 4. Use Diskpart

If you know the computer software a little bit and do not want to install third-party software, DiskPart can be a good choice for you. Here is how you can use DiskPart to low-level format your drive:

Step 1. Press Win+R, and press enter after typing CMD.

run cmd

Step 2. Type diskpart in the command prompt and press enter.

command prompt

Step 3. On the next CMD window, type list disk and press Enter.

Step 4. You will then see a list of disks; select the disk you want to format.

administrator command prompt

Step 5. When the disk is selected, type clean all and press enter.

administrator command prompt diskpart

After entering all commands, sit back and relax because the process might take several minutes to complete. When the formatting process is completed, enter the following commands and press enter after each one:

  1. create partition primary (Press Enter)
  2. format fd=ntfs quick (Press Enter)
  3. assign (Press Enter)

The whole process is completed.


Low-level formatting is an extremely useful and necessary need if you don't want anybody to recover and access your sensitive data. Lastly, if you want to be free of complexities, then use the EaseUS partition manager to do everything for you. It is the quickest, easiest, and most convenient method to execute low-level formatting.

Other than that, there are also some free tools available in the market. However, their utility is limited as opposed to the EaseUS partition manager.

Moreover, low-level formatting is a fully safe operation to run on your drive, and it won't cause any damage to your drive. Also, make sure not to format any important data.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created over 200 posts that help users solve multiple issues and failures on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, and Macs. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interests.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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