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Solved: Hard Drive Slow to Format

Updated on May 05, 2019 by Brithny to Partition Manager

The hard drive takes a long time to format especially when you choose quick format. What to do if the quick format takes a long time? In this post, effective solutions are provided to help speed up the format process without hanging, stuck or taking a long time to respond.

Quick Format Takes a Long Time

"Hello, this is my first time to post my message here and have a question about formatting the hard drive. My laptop needs to be reinstalled on a hard drive. This evening about 7 p.m. I decided to install the operating system of Microsoft Windows 10 on the hard drive. Several hours have passed, the setup is formatting 3%. That takes more than 3 hours to format the hard drive with only 3% done. Now on the screen of my laptop says: Please wait while Setup formats the partition. How can I deal with this slow hard drive? How to format my hard drive with less time?"

Why Is Your Hard Drive Slow to Format

A quick format is almost the complete opposite of a full format (it’s mostly because it has to do something to even be called a quick format). Instead of treating your hard drive to a nice manicure, pedicure, and what else, a quick format will only delete the journalling part of the filesystem.

For your case, you can always format a hard drive within minutes or half an hour, depending on the hard drive's capacity and used space on it. Once it takes longer than usual to format an HDD or even a smaller USB flash drive or memory card, you have to accept the fact that Windows has detected a hard disk problem.

How to Fix Hard Drive Slow to Format

It is indeed really bothersome when you are troubled by a hard drive with slow format speed. Here we'd like to advise you to solve this problem by choosing an effective format tool.

The recommended hard drive formatting software, tool or utility for Windows 10, 8, 7, XP or Vista is EaseUS Partition Master, a free partition manager that offers easy steps to format an internal HDD or external USB stick, pen drive or SD card. Read the following details to format your hard drive now.

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Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it 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 the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4
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