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3 Ways to Format Hard Drive from BIOS in Windows [2023 How-to Tutorial] - EaseUS

Updated by Sherly on Dec 08, 2022
Written by Tracy King

Can I format a hard drive from BIOS? Here is a quick guide that you can follow:

  • 1st. Back up all essential data from the hard drive to another disk.
  • 2nd. Create a Windows Installation Media or a bootable USB with a third-party formatting tool like EaseUS Partition Master.
  • 3rd. Follow and format hard drive from BIOS with the respective guide.

Are you trying to look for an efficient solution with a detailed guide to assist you in formatting a hard drive from BIOS? On this page, we'll be showing you the complete procedure of formatting a hard drive from BIOS on your own. Ready to go? Let's get started.

Format hard drive from BIOS

How Can I Format Hard Drive from BIOS

Can I format my used hard drive from BIOS on a Windows computer? In the process of managing the computer and hard drive, you may need to format the hard drive from BIOS due to the following listed situations:

  • To completely remove all data on a hard drive on a dead PC.
  • To reset a hard drive ready to install Windows from BIOS.
  • To format a hard drive without OS on a computer.
  • To format hard drive on an unbootable computer.
  • Format a hard drive that won't boot.
  • Format system hard drive.
Important

The disk formatting is a process of cleaning up or empty a storage device, like a hard drive, USB, or SD card, in Windows computers.  It will remove all existing data from your device. Therefore, make sure that you have backed up all essential data from the target hard drive to another secure location in advance.

To format a data drive, you can follow this link: format disk Windows 10 for help. If your computer is unbootable, you can follow this link to learn how to backup files without booting into Windows 10

So how do you format hard drive from the BIOS after backing up all important data? We have solutions for you.

3 Ways to Format Hard Drive from BIOS

  1. #1. Use EaseUS Bootable USB Format Tool - Easiest
  2. #2. Use Command Prompt
  3. #3. Windows Installation Process 

Here is a comparison table and you can follow it to learn which method suits you better:

Hard Drive Formatting Tools Tools Required Complex Level
EaseUS Bootable USB Format Tool
  • An empty USB drive
  • EaseUS Partition Master
  • BIOS Settings
Easy, for beginners.
Command Prompt
  • An empty USB drive
  • Windows Installation Media
  • BIOS Settings
Complex, for experienced users.
Windows Installation Process
  • An empty USB drive
  • Windows Installation Media
  • BIOS Settings
Complex, for experienced users.

According to this table, it's clear that Windows beginners are more suitable to try EaseUS bootable USB format tool. So, let's get started to see the details of formatting hard drive or SSD in the BIOS settings.

Note that both Method 2 and Method 3 require you to create Windows Installation Media to a USB drive in advance. For a detailed guide, you may refer to this page for help:

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How to Create Windows 10 Installation USB Drive

It is the official and most obvious way of creating Windows 10 installation media by using the Media Creation Tool. By doing so, you can use it to install Windows, repair computer, and even format hard drive from the bootable USB.

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Method 1. Format Hard Drive from BIOS with EaseUS Bootable USB Format Tool

  • Suitable for: Windows beginners
  • Supported OS: All Windows operating systems
  • Tools needed: An empty USB, EaseUS Partition Master

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The easiest solution to format a hard drive from BIOS is turning to third-party formatting format software like EaseUS Partition Master for help. Its WinPE feature can assist you to create a bootable USB with which you can seamlessly format any type of hard drive without booting into Windows.

You can directly format a hard drive from BIOS in only a few simple clicks. Here is how to:

1. Create Bootable USB Format Tool 

Step 1. To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Then, correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and find the "Bootable Media" feature on the left. Click on it.

Step 3. You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click the "Create" button to begin.

  • Check the Warning message and click "Yes".

When the process finishes, you have successfully created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk. Now, you can manage your hard disks and partitions through the bootable drive whenever the computer fails to boot normally.

If you have RAID drives, load the RAID driver first by clicking Add Driver from the menu bar, which can help you add the driver of your device under WinPE environment, as some specific device cannot be recognized under WinPE environment without drivers installed, such as RAID or some specific hard disk.

2. Format Hard Drive from BIOS

Connect your bootable USB to your PC, restart the computer and press F2/Del to enter BIOS, set the bootable USB as the boot drive. Then, wait for the computer to boot into EaseUS Partition Master in BIOS to format the drive.

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/EXT4/exFAT), 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 "Yes" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

What Else Can You Do with EaseUS Bootable USB Format Tool?

Alongside formatting the hard drive from BIOS, you can also manage the computer hard drive and data with the following operations by using EaseUS Bootable USB format tool:

If you also have one of the above-listed demands, you can apply EaseUS Partition Master with its featured functions for help now.

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Method 2. Format Hard Drive from BIOS Using Command Prompt

  • Suitable for: Sophisticated Windows users
  • Supported OS: All Windows operating systems
  • Tools needed: A bootable USB created with Windows Installation Media

As we know that you can directly format a hard drive using the Diskpart format fs=ntfs quick command to format a hard drive when the operating system is working fine. However, if you can't boot the computer, or you need to format a hard drive from BIOS without booting into Windows, you'll need to use the Windows installation USB drive to execute the operation.

Here are the steps to format the hard drive from BIOS using Command Prompt:

Step 1. Connect the bootable USB drive to your PC, restart the PC, and press F2.

Step 2. Enter BIOS, set the USB drive as a boot disk, and wait for the Windows installation media to open.

Step 3. Click "Repair your computer" on the Install new window. 

Select repair your computer

Step 4. Go to Troubleshoot, and select "Command Prompt" on the Advanced options screen.

Open Command Prompt from BIOS

Step 5. Once the command prompt opens, type the following command lines to start formatting your hard drive volumes from bios in the command prompt: 

  • diskpart
  • list volume
  • exit
  • dir C: (If your system drive is not labeled as C, replace it with D, E, or F until you've found the OS drive.)
  • format C: /fs:NTFS (Replace C: with other drive letters on the hard drive you want to format.)
  • Y

Repeat the process until you complete formatting all existing partitions on the hard drive using the command prompt in BIOS.

Method 3. Format Hard Drive from BIOS During Windows Installation Procedure

  • Suitable for: Sophisticated Windows users
  • Supported OS: All Windows operating systems
  • Tools needed: A bootable USB created with Windows Installation Media

This method is mainly designed for users who need to reinstall their computer with Windows installation media. If you are one of them and need to format a hard drive in BIOS for reinstalling Windows operating system, you can download Windows ISO and create Windows installation media to a USB drive first.

Then follow the step below to format the hard drive from BIOS: 

Step 1. Connect the bootable USB to your PC, restart the PC, and set it to boot from the USB drive.

Step 2. Click "Install now" on the setup window. 

Step 3. Skip Windows Product Key and License Terms settings, and select "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)". 

Custom to install Windows

Step 4. Select the existing partitions on your target hard drive one by one, and click "Format".

Step 5. Click "OK" to confirm formatting the selected partition on your target hard drive.

Confirm to format hard drive

Repeat the process until you complete formatting all the hard drives on your computer. 

Note that if you don't want to complete installing Windows on your hard drive, you may stop the procedure after formatting all existing partitions on your hard drive from BIOS with the above steps. 

Formatting Hard Drive from BIOS Is Complex, And You Can Make It As Easy As 1-2-3

On this page, we discussed that many people need to format hard drives from BIOS due to system failure or unknown reasons.

The solutions to format hard drives from BIOS settings are complex, and most Windows beginners need to turn to professionals for help. In Method 1, we displayed the procedure with a reliable third-party formatting tool - EaseUS Partition Master. Users can simply format their disks in BIOS with a created bootable USB format tool by using EaseUS Partition Master.

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As for experienced users, we suggest you try the Command Prompt method mentioned above. It's rather simpler compared to the Windows installation procedure.

FAQs About Formatting Hard Drive From BIOS

If you still have questions on this, refer to the answers listed below.

1. How do I wipe my hard drive from BIOS?

To wipe a hard drive from BIOS, you can create a bootable USB disk with EaseUS Partition Master WinPE Creator. Then boot the PC into BIOS, and set it to boot it up from the bootable USB. After entering EaseUS Partition Master, right-click your hard drive and select "Wipe Disk" to start wiping your hard drive from BIOS.

2. How do I completely format a hard drive?

  • First, make sure you back up all important data to another secure location.
  • Second, open Disk Management.
  • Right-click on each partition on the disk and select "Format...".
  • Set the file system format, and tick "Perform a quick format", click "OK" to confirm.
  • Repeat the process until you format all existing partitions on the hard drive. 

3. How do I format a hard drive that won't boot?

You have two ways to format the hard drive that won't boot. One is to refer to Method 1 as recommended on this page and apply EaseUS bootable USB format tool - EaseUS Partition Master for help.

The other way is to take out your hard drive from your computer, connect it to another healthy computer, and format it with Disk Management. 

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 9 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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