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How to Format Hard Drive Using DiskPart - Quick Format Command 2021

Updated by Tracy King on Sep 29, 2021
Written by Jean

Here on this page, we'll include two free methods to help you quick format or fully clean up a hard drive on Windows 10/8/7 with ease:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. DiskPart Quick Format Command
  • list disk
  • select disk *
  • list volume
  • select volume *
  • format fs=ntfs quick...Full steps
Fix 2. DiskPart Alternative - Free Formatting Tool
  • Run DiskPart alternative - EaseUS formatting tool
  • Right-click hard drive and choose a format
  • Choose file system, cluster size...Full steps

Formatting hard disk, USB flash drive, pen drive, and memory card, etc., is meaningful and helpful in solving some device issues. For examples:

  1. 1. Incompatible or unsupported file system on a hard drive blocks the computer from recognizing it. 
  2. 2. Switch hard drive format, change hard drive to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc., for specific usage.
  3. 3. Restore the drive to full size when it only shows partial storage or half-size.
  4. 4. Fix RAW, corrupted, or inaccessible errors on hard drives.

Two Hard Drive Formatting Tools - DiskPart vs EaseUS Formatter

Generally, there are three ways to initiate the task:

  • Windows quick format (by using File Explorer or Disk Management)
  • Windows DiskPart command
  • A free third-party hard drive format tool - EaseUS Partition Master

Windows quick formatting is easy to get started but with limited functions, so the latter two options become better choices. Check the comparison list between DiskPart Format Tool and EaseUS Partition Master, and learn which is better for you to refer to:

DiskPart EaseUS Partition Master Free
  • Free
  • Quick format with cmd
  • Support clean disk
  • Format disk to FAT32/NTFS
  • For advanced users
  • No tech support
  • Free
  • Quick format hard drive
  • Support clean disk
  • Convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting
  • Format devise to FAT32/NTFS/EXT2/3/4/exFAT, etc.
  • For all levels of users
  • Email & online tech support are available

Your Quick Guide:

  • For experienced users, running the DiskPart command to format the disk is quick with instructions in Fix 1.
  • As a beginner, you can trust the free formatting tool as a DiskPart alternative to format disk in Fix 2

Click to download DiskPart alternative formatting tool for free here:

Notice:
As formatting will clean up the hard drive data completely, to avoid unnecessary data loss, make sure to back up all important data in advance before taking the operations.

Fix 1. Format Hard Drive Using DiskPart Format Command

To use DiskPart to format a disk, you need to follow the commands below carefully. Any mistakes will cause serious problems.

Here we'll take the method of formatting hard drive using CMD on Windows 10 as an example to show you to detail steps:

# 1. Format Disk Using DiskPart Quick Format Command

Step 1. Right-click on the Windows icon, select "Search" and type: command prompt.

Right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator".

Step 2. Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

Step 3. Type format command lines in DiskPart and hit Enter each time so as to quick format the hard drive:

  • list disk
  • select disk 2 (Replace 2 with your disk number)
  • list volume
  • select volume 10 (Replace 10 with the volume number of the partition that you want to format)
  • format fs=ntfs quick(If you need to format a hard drive partition to FAT32 or other file systems, replace NTFS with FAT32, exFAT, etc.)
 Warning
If you input format command without "fs=ntfs quick or fs=fat32 quick" in DiskPart, it will execute a full format on your selected hard drive partition.
This command will erase all saved data sector by sector without data recovery chance. In other words, you'll permanently lose all saved data on the disk. So please double-check and confirm that you've input the right command before hitting Enter.

Step 4. Type exit and hit Enter to close the program when DiskPart reports it has successfully formatted the volume.

Quick format hard drive with diskpart command.

That's a complete guide to formatting a hard disk with DiskPart quick format commands.

# 2. Fully Clean and Format Disk Using CMD Command in DiskPart

If you prefer to completely wipe the hard drive, clean and format a hard drive using the CMD command, follow the operations using DiskPart for help.

Step 1. On Windows 10, press Windows + X, select "Search", and type command prompt, right-click on it and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 2. On the Command Prompt black window, type diskpart and hit "Enter".

type diskpart to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 3. Now type list disk and press "Enter".

All the disk drives will be listed, including your external drives that are connected to the computer.

type list disk to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 4. Type select disk + disk number, for example, select disk 2 and press enter.

It tells DiskPart to locate and lock disk 2 so as to clean and format it with the continuing steps.

type select disk 1 to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 5. Go on to type clean. This step starts to clean up all files and folders on the selected hard disk.

type clean to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 6. Type create partition primary and press "Enter".

type create partition primary to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 7. After DiskPart successfully created the specified partition, type format fs=ntfs (or format fs=exfat) and press "Enter".

It tells DiskPart to format the disk to a specific file system, let it be NTFS, exFAT, etc.

type format fs=ntfs to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 8. At last, assign a drive letter to the newly created partition by typing assign.

type assign to format hard drive with command prompt

Step 9. Type exit to close the DiskPart Command Prompt window when the process finishes.

Fix 2. Format Hard Drive with Free DiskPart Alternative - EaseUS Partition Master

The other easier way to format disk, compared to Diskpart, is to apply a free DiskPart alternative formatting tool for help. Here we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master Free.

It enables you to quickly format or clean up an internal HDD, an external USB stick, pen drive, or an SD card, etc. within only a few simple clicks. 

The whole process is simpler and smoother than formatting a hard drive using the DiskPart command prompt.

# 1. 4-Steps: Quick Format Hard Drive using DiskPart Format Alternative 

Download EaseUS free disk formatting tool and follow the guide below to see how to format the disk.

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

# 2. Clean Up Hard Drive by Erasing Disk

Compared to the DiskPart clean command, EaseUS Partition Master Free simplifies the whole process of cleaning up a hard drive.

With it, you can simply erase everything on a hard drive, leaving it as an empty new drive with full size:

We've set two options for you to wipe data. Choose the one you need.

Option 1.  Wipe Partition

  • Right-click the partition you want to erase data from, and choose "Wipe Data".
  • In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".
  • Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply".

Option 2. Wipe Disk

  • Select the HDD/SSD. And right-click to choose "Wipe Data".
  • Set the number of times to wipe data. (You can set to 10 at most.) Then Click "OK".
  • Check the message. Then click "OK".
  • Click "Execute the operation" and then click "Apply".

Bottom Line

On this page, we included two major free methods to help you clean and format a hard drive disk by using DiskPart format command lines and DiskPart alternative - EaseUS free formatting tool.

According to many Windows managers and experienced users, you may also try to format a hard drive by using File Explorer and Disk Management on your own.

For quick and smooth operation, EaseUS Partition Master Free should be your best shot.

People Also Ask About Diskpart Format Command

If you are having further DiskPart formatting questions, check the following questions and listed answers for help.

1. How do I use Diskpart?

As DiskPart can execute many operations via different command lines, here we concluded a few of them to help you managing hard disk.

To create a partition: (Open Command Prompt and hit Enter each time.)

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk 1
  • create primary partition size=10000mb (or more)
  • format fs=ntfs (or other file systems)
  • assign letter=D (or other drives)
  • exit
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Manage Partitions with CMD

For more details about extending or deleting partitions with CMD, you may refer to this guide for help

Manage partitions with cmd

You may also run the DiskPart command to perform the following operations:

  1. #1. Show hidden files using CMD
  2. #2. Check and fix disk error using cmd
  3. #3. Recover deleted files using command prompt
  4. #4. Fix and repair hard drive errors using CHKDSK command

2. How long does DiskPart take to format?

Being it similar to the Windows formatting feature, you can always apply DiskPart format command to format a hard drive within minutes or half an hour, depending on the hard drive capacity and used space on it.

As estimated, to do a 'full' format on a 1TB hard disk in Windows, will take a long time, like 2- hours, and over a USB 2.0 connection, it may take a day!

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Hard Drive Takes Forever to Format Fixes

If it gets stuck or takes forever to format a hard drive using DiskPart format cmd, refer to this guide for help.

image of hard drive connection

3. What is the command to format a partition with the NTFS file systems?

Follow the process to format a partition with NTFS file system:

  1. 1. Right-click Windows icon, "Search", and type "CMD" and then right-click Command Prompt to select "Open as Administrator"
  2. 2. Type "list disk" into the command prompt without quotes and hit Enter.
  3. 3. Type "select disk 1" without quotes and hit Enter. (Replace 1 with the disk number of your own hard drive.)
  4. 4. Type "list volume" without quotes and hit Enter. 
  5. 5. Type "select volume 1" without quotes and hit Enter. (Replace 1 with the target partition number on your drive.)
  6. 6. Type "format d: /fs: ntfs quick" without quotes and hit Enter. (Replace d: with the drive letter of your target partition.)
  7. 7. Type "exit" and hit Enter to close the command prompt.

For further resolutions, check the How-To page or use the Search option on our website - https:www.easeus.com to find more exact solutions bases on your issues. 

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 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 and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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