How to format drive windows 7?

Alexander Yakimov
Alexander Yakimov
September 19, 2014
How to format drive windows 7?

The ability to format hard drives from time to time is necessary for each user of a personal computer. At the same time, not many people know that it is possible to format a hard disk in Windows 7 in different ways.

Regular Windows Tools

If you need to quickly format the hard disk in Windows 7 only in order to free up space, you can use the standard tools of the operating system itself. For this:

  1. On the desktop, double-click on the "Computer" icon;
  2. click on the hard disk partition that you want to format;
  3. click the right mouse button;
  4. select in the pop-up menu the item “Format ...”;
  5. do not change any parameters in the window that opens;
  6. click "Start";
  7. We confirm our intentions in the pop-up warning.

The time required to complete the task depends on the size of the disk itself, the technical specifications of the computer and the number of running programs. At the end of the process, the system will notify the user with the appropriate message.

Windows Command Prompt

You can format the hard drive without using a graphical interface. For this:

  1. open the Start menu;
  2. in the field “Find programs and files” we write “cmd”;
  3. press the "Enter" key on the keyboard;
  4. in the command line window that opens, we write “format / FS: NTFS XXX: / q” (instead of XXX, you must put the letter of the disk that you want to format);
  5. Press the "Enter" key on the keyboard.

Acronis Disk Director

Unfortunately, standard formatting in Windows can make mistakes during execution. This can be avoided by using professional programs for working with hard disks.

One of the best programs in this regard is Acronis Disk Director. In it, you can both format hard disks, and it is very convenient to manage partitions on it. Download Acronis Disk Director.

To properly format a disk in Windows 7 using this program, you must:

  1. find Acronis Disk Director in the "All Programs" folder of the "Start" menu and launch it;
  2. click on the desktop of the program on the hard disk partition with which to work;
  3. select the "Format" item in the left pane of the program;
  4. set the necessary parameters (leave as is for the format in NTFS);
  5. Click the "OK" button.


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