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How to Erase or Format a Hard Drive Partition

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
Cannot access your encrypted hard drive partition or USB drive? Unable to erase the encrypted hard drive or partition? EaseUS makes it simple and easy for you erase or format encrypted hard drive partition or USB drive now.

Hey there, I encountered a problem when I tried to open one encrypted hard drive partition on my computer. But it seemed that I couldn't remember the password. I tried many times to open the encrypted partition but it didn’t work. So now I’m wondering whether it’s possible to find a way to decrypt/format or even erase the whole partition. Please help me out if you know how to effortlessly erase or format the encrypted hard drive partition. Thanks a lot.” 

Can you erase encrypted hard drive partition and reuse it again when you forget the password? Read on to get the answers.

Part 1: Recover data from encrypted hard drive partition if necessary

This is a necessary step for you if you have stored important personal data in the encrypted hard drive partition. You can try to use a professional data recovery software tool to help you restore data from an encrypted hard drive partition. You can try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which works efficiently to recover data from encrypted storage devices such as partition, hard drive, USB drive or SD card, etc. Anyway, if data in the encrypted hard drive partition is important, please find a way to get data out of the encrypted partition first.

Part 2: Erase/format encrypted hard drive partition

What exactly can you do to erase or format the encrypted hard drive partition when you forget the password for it? It is inaccessible and cannot be formatted now. What will you do to get out of trouble? Let EaseUS help you now.

Professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master makes it simple and easy for you to format and erase the whole partition within simple steps. Click the download button to get this powerful tool installed on your computer and then follow the steps to format your partition.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

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