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4 Free Ways to Quick High-level Format SD/USB/Hard Drive

Updated on Dec 07, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Need a quick method to effectively remove all saved data on your storage devices like SD card, USB or hard drive? Here this page will offer you four free ways to guide you effectively perform a quick high-level format on SD/USB/HDD etc. devices with simple clicks on Windows 10/8/7 PCs. Follow and try to quick high-level format SD, USB or hard drive on your own now.

Can I quickly format SD, USB or hard drive with huge data?

"Hi there, do you know a quick and effective way to format and erase huge data on SD card, USB or hard drive in Windows 10?

I bought a 2TB external hard drive recently, and I've transferred all essential data and files from my SD, USB, and HDD into the new drive. Now I need a reliable way that can help me quickly remove and clean up all files and data on SD, USB and hard drive. I know that deleting files on storage devices won't really clear all data. Some hidden files may still linger.

So I want to know that if I can quickly format my SD card, USB and hard drives and make these devices reusable for saving new data again in Windows 10?"

According to Wikipedia, High-level formatting will set up a file system and empty a device so to quickly make it available for storing new data. High-level formatting is also called quick format, which means that you can make SD card, USB or hard drive partition etc. devices reusable soon for saving new data by high-level format. 

4 free ways to quick high-level format SD/USB/hard drive

You may follow below-offered tips to directly quick format SD/USB/HDD etc with high-level formatting now.

Way 1. Quick high-level format SD/USB/hard drive in 3 steps

If you prefer a simple and easy way to high-level format SD card, USB or hard drive etc. in Windows PC, professional free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free can be your best choice. 

You can download and install it for free on your Windows PC and follow below tips to quickly make your SD, USB or hard drive etc devices usable again by high-level formatting now:

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

The formatting process will complete within seconds. And then you can reuse SD, USB or other devices to save data again.

Way 2. High-level format SD/USB/hard drive in This PC/My Computer

If you prefer a direct way to format SD, USB or hard drive etc. in Windows 10, 8 or 7, you can directly right-click to format them in This PC or My Computer with below steps:

Step 1. Connect SD/USB/hard drive to Windows PC;
Step 2. Open "This PC or My Computer", find and right-click on SD card, USB or the hard drive that you need to quick format;
Step 3. Select "Format..." > reset the File system to NTFS and rename the device > Check "Quick Format" box and click "Start" to a high-level format target device.
Step 4. Click OK to complete all format process.

Way 3. Use Disk Management to high-level format SD/USB/HDD

The other way is to use Disk Management in Windows system to quickly high-level format storage devices. Follow to see how to high-level format SD/USB etc with Disk Management now:

Step 1. Connect SD/USB or hard drive to Windows PC;
Step 2. Right-click on "This PC/My Computer" and select "Manage".
Step 3. Select "Disk Management", find and right-click on target SD or USB etc devices that you want to format and select "Format..."
Step 4. Rename the device label and reset the device File system to "NTFS" or "FAT32".
Step 5. Check "Perform a quick format" box and click "OK" to start quick format selected device then.

Way 4. Run CMD command to quick high-level format SD/USB/hard drive

Another way that you can try is to run CMD command to quickly format your SD, USB or hard drive with below steps:

  1. Step 1. Connect SD/USB or hard drive that you need to quick format to your PC.
  2. Step 2. Right-click "Start" button and select "Command Prompt (Admin)", enter your administrator account and password.
  3. Step 3. Type: format I: /fs: NTFS /q and hit Enter.

If you need to format device to FAT32 file system, replace "NTFS" with "FAT32".
And replace I: with the drive letter of your SD card, USB or hard drive that you need to high-level format.

Quick high-level format SD/USB/hard drive by cmd.

Step 4. When the quick format process complete, type: exit and hit Enter to close CMD window.