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Guide: Format Hard Drive in Windows 10

Updated on May 13, 2019 by Jean to Partition Master

Here you can learn two Windows 10 disk format solutions: format hard drive in Windows 10 with Windows built-in disk management tool or EaseUS partition software.

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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 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

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.