How to Format An Encrypted HDD, Help

I have an encrypted hard drive. I want to fully format the drive to use it as a new drive. But, unfortunately, I can't get Windows to erase the drive with Truecrypt encryption completely. What software or method can I use to format the entire drive? Thank you in advance for any answers or feedback.

Best Answered by

Cici· Answered on Apr 19, 2024

An encrypted hard drive is a disk to protect information from being converted and made unreadable. If you forget the password, you may be unable to manage or operate the drive. Fortunately, you can unlock or format/erase an encrypted HDD using a command prompt or a third-party tool.

To solve the problem faster, let's try a simpler method: use EaseUS Partition Master Free to format the locked drive directly. It can skip the locked drive and format it directly. It works for all levels of Windows users.

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and right-click on the encrypted drive to be formatted, and select "Format."

Step 2. Set the partition label and file system and tap "OK."

Step 3. Confirm the warning message, apply the changed action, and click "Apply."

In addition, if your drive is read-only, EaseUS Partition Master can help you easily remove the write protection restrictions.

Extended Reading: How to Remove Write Protection from SD Card and Format It Successfully

If you want to format or erase an encrypted drive from a command prompt, you need to be very familiar with the command line. You cannot enter the wrong parameters using the command line. The following are the steps for using the command line:

Step 1. Hold down "Windows+R" to open a command window and type diskpart.

Step 2. Type the following commands in sequence and press Enter.

list disk
select disk e
list partition
select partition e
delete partition override

People Also Ask

I Need to Format a Hard Drive to Work With Windows, Help

What should I do to use my Mac-formatted hard drive on Windows? The answer is to format a hard drive to work with Windows. This page will provide a safe way to help you format the hard drive.


Apr 18, 2024

How Can I Join 2 RAW Partitions Bigger Than 2TB into One Partition, Help

Windows users always meet problems like '3TB only shows 2TB on a disk'. This short page focuses on this issue and helps join 2 RAW partitions bigger than 2TB into one partition.


Apr 18, 2024

Is It Possible to Format an External Hard Disk That Has Been Encrypted?

Are you finding a solid way to format an external hard disk that has been encrypted? Your answer is here. This post will introduce two workable methods to help you format encrypted hard drive.


Apr 18, 2024

The Write Protected Media Is Unable to Format, Help

Have you ever come to this problem: the write-protected media is unable to format? This article includes two practical solutions to help you out of this thorny issue.


Apr 19, 2024

Can I Transfer Windows From My Failing HDD to My New SSD?

If your HDD fails, how can you transfer the Windows system on it to another SSD? This passage focuses on how to transfer Windows from my failing HDD to my new SSD and provides detailed steps to help users solve this kind of question.


Apr 18, 2024

Why My SD Card Shows Empty But is Full

It is a common issue that an SD card is full, but no files show up. If you are wondering 'Why my SD card shows empty but is full', this page will give you the answer and guide you to resolve the problem.


Apr 18, 2024