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How Do I Reset Hard Drive on My Own? Here Is the Complete Guide

Are you looking for a clear guide so that can help you reset hard drive? In this article, you can follow to reset the hard drive on your own with different needs, such as for saving new data, to reallocate disk layout, or even clean up the whole drive for selling. Let's start resetting your hard drive with ease now.

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Updated by Tracy King on Apr 09, 2024

Work to: Reset SATA hard drive, reset hard drive in Windows 10/8/7, reset hard drive for PS4, reset HDD/SSD, etc.

How do I reset a hard drive to gain its full storage space for saving new data? Can you reset a hard drive for PS4? How do you manage to erase all data and reset a hard drive for sale? 

On this page, I'll include all these needs in 3 types of hard drive resetting tutorial guides. If you need help to make your hard drive like a brand new disk, follow me. And here is the complete guide.


1. Reset Hard Drive to Full Storage - For Save New Files
2. Reset Hard Drive to Empty & Unallocated - For Repartition Disk
3. Reset Hard Drive to Original State - For Sale

Prerequisites: Back-Up Files Before Resetting Hard Drive

Note that resetting hard drive will remove all saved files and data on your hard drive. No matter what your goal is, to save new data, repartition the disk, or sell, you should create a backup of the disk in advance.

How to back up the hard drive files? Here is a brief guide:

Step 1. Connect an empty external hard drive with enough free space to your computer.

Step 2. Open the hard drive that you want to reset, copy all useful files and save them to the external hard drive.

Repeat the process until you've moved all useful data to the external hard drive. 

Back up files to exernal hard drive

If you prefer a one-time file backup plan, turn to file backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup for help.

With all important files backed up, you can follow to reset hard drive on your own now.

#1. Reset Hard Drive to Full Storage - For Save New Files

Work to: Restore hard drive to full size, fix hard drive showing with wrong capacity

When you only want to regain the full storage capacity on a hard drive, you can directly reset the hard drive by formatting via Windows Disk Management. Here is the complete process:

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage".

Click Manage to open Disk Management

Step 2. Click "Disk Management" and open it in the Device Manager window.

Disk Management

Step 3. Right-click the target hard drive partition and choose "Format" to reset it.

Reset hard drive in Disk Management

Step 4. Follow the onscreen guide to reset the hard drive with its partition label, file system, and tick "Perform a quick format". 

Click "OK" to start formatting and reset the drive.

Confirm to reset disk in Disk Management

#2. Reset Hard Drive to Empty & Unallocated - For Repartition Disk

Work to: Remove all partitions, reset hard drive for managing disk space, reset hard drive for PS4.

To repartition a hard drive or reset a hard drive for gaming like PS4, you may need to reset the disk to unallocated and create new partitions on it.

To do so, you'll have two procedures to complete. Here, reliable partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master with its "Delete All" and "New Disk Guide" can help.

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1st. 1-Click to Reset Hard Drive to Unallocated - Delete All Partitions

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Partition Manager".

Make sure that you've backed up the important data before deleting any partition on your disk.

Step 2. Select to delete partition or delete all partitions on hard drive.

  • Delete single partition: right-click on a partition that you want to delete and choose "Delete".
  • Delete all partitions: right-click a hard drive that you want to delete all partitions, and select "Delete All".

Step 3. Click "Yes" to confirm the deletion.

Step 4. Click "Execute xx Task" and then click "Apply" to save the change.

0:00 - 0:26 Delete single volumes; 0:27 - 0:53 Delete all partitions.

2nd. 1-Click to Repartition Disk as a New

If you need a smart guide to regenerate partitions on the hard drive, try the New Disk Guide in EaseUS Partition Master. You can repartition the hard drive in 1-click:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master, go to Partition Manager and click "Partition this disk" on the popped-up New Disk Guide window.

new disk guide partition external hard drive step 1

Step 2. Set the number of partitions you need to create, and set the partition style to your disk - MBR or GPT.

Or, you can accept the default setting offered by EaseUS Partition Master. Once done, click "Proceed".

new disk guide partition external hard drive step 2

Step 3. Click "Execute 1 Task" and "Apply" to finalize partitioning the new HDD/SSD or external disk.

new disk guide partition external hard drive step 4

Note that if you only want to create one volume in the disk for gaming, like PS4, follow this guide:

#3. Reset Hard Drive to Original State - For Sale

Work to: Fully erase hard drive, set hard drive to factory settings, no data, no volume.

Note that both delete or formatting partitions will remove the existing data but they are still recoverable. If you tend to erase a drive, restoring it to the original state, 100% clean with no partitions on it, you can try the tips listed below.

EaseUS Partition Master with its Wipe feature can help.

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The Wipe feature in EaseUS Partition Master can fully erase all the data and partitions on the drive, making your privacy information all cleaned up.

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".
  • In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".
  • Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the lower right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply".

Option 2. Wipe Disk

  • Select the HDD/SSD. And right-click to choose "Wipe Disk".
  • Set the number of times to wipe data. (You can set to 10 at most.) Then Click "OK".
  • Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then click "Apply".

Resetting Hard Drive Is Not Complex, Follow to Make Your Disk Like A New Condition Now

On this page, we provided 3 ways to help you reset a hard drive for different needs:

  • To restore full size for saving new files, you can format it.
  • To repartition or re-allocate disk space, you can delete all partitions on it.
  • To reset hard drive to its original state with 0 bytes of data, you can wipe it.

Note that, no matter which method you're about to try, don't forget to back up all the useful files to an external hard drive in advance. Otherwise, you'll have to suffer a data loss issue after then.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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