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

2017-10-12 14:38:03 Posted 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 4 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 quickly 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 useful 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 exist.

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

According to Wikipedia, High-level formatting will set up an empty file system on 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 quickly make SD card, USB or hard drive partition etc devices reusable for saving new data by high-level format. 

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

You may follow any one of 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
Let free partition manager software help!

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

Step 1. Connect SD card, USB or hard drive etc to PC and run EaseUS free partition manager software;

Step 2. Find and right-click on SD/USB/HDD that you need to format and select Format partition;
Reset system file to NTFS/FAT32 and click OK; (You can also set file system to EXT etc as you need.)

Format SD/USB/HDD by high-level.

Step 3. Click Apply to keep all changes.

All you need is to wait for the formatting process 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 devices 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 high-level format target device;
Step 4. Click OK to complete all format process.

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

The other way you may try is to use Disk Management tool 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.