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How to Partition and Format Hard Drive

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

Summary:
Here you can learn how to partition and format the hard drive using the Windows Disk Management tool and EaseUS partition software. Try either one partition a new drive or repartition your existing disk.

If you're installing a new hard drive, you need to first partition and format it. So you can access it and use it to store data. If you have an old hard drive which is not properly formatted, overrun by malware or other software problems, you have to format it for reuse. Except for the above two reasons, you might need to partition and format the hard drive in many other situations. Here we introduce you two easy ways to do the job. Hope it is helpful!

Partition and format hard drive using Windows Disk Management tool

Windows' built-in Disk Management tool allows users to create and format a hard drive in a free and safe way. You can try it no matter you want to partition and format a new drive or repartition and format your old hard drive. Here are the steps:

Note: Before you can resize a hard drive in Windows, you must have installed a new unused hard disk, or have some unpartitioned space available on an existing drive. 

1. Right-click My Computer and choose Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management.

2. Right-click on the unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume”. Enter New Simple Volume Wizard interface by clicking "Next" and specify volume size.

3. Assign Drive Letter or Path, then format the partition into default file system NTFS. Click Finish to confirm to partition and format the hard drive.

Partition and format hard drive using EaseUS partition software

Sometimes, you might fail to partition and format a hard drive because you can't reach the disk management tool. When encountered such a situation, please don’t worry! You have the second option - try EaseUS partition software, a program which is able to create, delete, split, merge, resize, move, copy partitions to do the task. Now you can download the program and follow the step-by-step guide below to partition and format hard drive with ease.

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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