Guide: Format Hard Drive in Windows 10

Jean updated on May 13, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Windows 10 hard drive format overview

Now Windows 10 disk format is becoming more and more important. Why? People might need to format partitions in Windows 10 for various reasons such as to do a clean installation of Windows system, to get rid of a virus or malware, to erase the data before giving the drive to someone else or throwing it away or some other reasons. However, as a matter of fact, only a few people know how to get the job done properly. It's a problem which is really needed to be settled. Here, we will introduce you how to format hard drive in Windows 10 with Windows built-in disk management tool or third-party partition magic tool. You can read to learn both of the two ways and then choose the one works best for your case.

As formatting is the process which will delete all the data on the hard drive, please make sure that you have successfully backed up your data including photos, videos, music files and other documents before Windows 10 disk format.

Format Hard Drive in Windows 10 with Windows disk management

Windows 10 offers users built-in disk management tool to create, delete, resize, format, merge partitions. You can try the following steps to format a drive with this free tool.

Step 1: Type Control Panel in the search box.

Step 2: Click "Control Panel".

Step 3: Click "Administrative Tools".

Step 4: Click "Computer Management".

Step 5: Click "Disk Management".

Step 6: Right-click on the drive or partition to format and click on "Format".

Step 7: Select the file system and set the cluster size.

Step 8: Click "OK" to format the drive.

Format Hard Drive in Windows 10 with EaseUS partition software 

EaseUS partition software is a popular disk partition management tool which is available for all hard disk related jobs such as format disk partition, extend system partition, settle low disk space problem, convert MBR to GPT without data loss and vice versa. You can try it whenever you failed to do Windows 10 disk format job with Windows disk management tool.

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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

Smaller cluster size makes less wasting of disk space. The smaller cluster size is, the bigger file allocation table (FAT) will be. The bigger the FAT is, the slower the operating system works with the disk.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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