How to Format a Hard Drive
How to format a hard drive using Windows Vista? There is a number of steps in formatting a hard drive. You first need to prepare your computer for formatting and save all your files that you would like to keep. Then you need to delete your hard drive and then format it. Have trouble following my instructions, then simply follow the video tutorial at the bottom of this page.
First Step: Preparation
The first step in this how to format a hard drive tutorial is to prepare your hard drive for formation. Remember everything you have on this hard drive will be lost. So be very careful before you click, ‘delete partition’. Make sure you check your desktop, your my documents folders, maybe export your emails and address book and save your favorites. Once you are happy that all your files have been saved move on to the next step. Save all your files onto a CD, DVD, or another hard drive or partition (that you won’t be deleting).
Second Step: Delete Partition
If your using Windows Vista, go start, control panel, administrative tools and then double click computer management. You will need to press continue. Then select Storage, Disk Management and right click on the partition on the bottom of the page and select delete volume. The Print Screen on the right explains it easily.
Third Step: Format Hard Drive
Once you have deleted the partition simply right click on the unallocated space and select new simple volume. Follow the new simple volume wizard. When you get to the option of NTFS and FAT32 choose NTFS because its faster and more secure. Click here to view more reasons why NTFS is better.
Fill in the volume label (which is the name of the hard drive) and continue to follow the prompts. The computer will then format your hard drive. Depending on the size of your hard drive and whether you selected quick format or not, this could take a very long time or a shorter amount of time. Once it completes your hard drive is finished and ready to use.
Video: Format Hard Drive
The video below shows how to format a hard drive. It does not show the preparation steps.