Do you want to format your hard drive using DiskPart? Are you not sure how to do it? This blog post will show you how!
Formatting your hard drive is an important step in setting up your computer. It clears all the data off the disk so that you can start fresh. DiskPart is a powerful command-line tool that allows you to manage your hard drives. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of formatting a hard drive using DiskPart.
What is DiskPart?
DiskPart is a command-line tool that allows you to manage your hard drives. You can use it to create, delete, and format partitions. You can also use it to assign drive letters and mount points. DiskPart is a powerful tool, and it can be dangerous if used incorrectly. In this tutorial, we will use DiskPart to format our hard drive. Before we begin, make sure that you have a backup of your data.
How to open DiskPart?
Launching the DiskPart is not a big task. You are just required to open the Windows command terminals, either the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell with the administrative rights.
In this post, we would use the Command Prompt to run the DiskPart commands. The same commands can be directly used in Windows PowerShell without any changes.
Here is how to open and use DiskPart using Command Prompt:
- Search Command Prompt in the Windows search bar and launch it with admin rights.
- In the command window, type diskpart and hit enter. The DISKPART tool would be open and ready to use.
- If you want to glance at the full list of available commands of DiskPart type help in the command window and press the enter key.
- To close it after using, type Exit and hit the enter key.
How to use DiskPart to Format Hard Drive?
If you face a problem in formatting the system hard disk, external hard drive, or the USB Pendrive, then using DiskPart, you can easily wipe them out. Obviously, you won’t be able to clean the disk on which your OS is installed.
Here are the steps to format the hard disk using DiskPart:
- Open the DiskPart and after the “DISKPART>” prompt type list disk and hit enter. This command will list all the available and detectable storage disks, including internal and external drives and USB storage.
- By typing the select disk # command where # is your disk number, choose the disk that you want to format completely.
- After selecting the disk, type the clean command to format it completely. Remember that it would not warn you, so make sure that you have selected the correct disk before cleaning it.
- Now to make the drive accessible again, use the create partition primary command. Just type it and hit the enter key.
- To store the files on the drive, you need to format the drive with the FAT or NTFS file system. Type format fs=ntfs or format fs=fat command and press Enter.
- Finally, you can assign the drive a letter. Either use the assign command to randomly assign a letter or use assign letter=p to assign the letter of your choice.
In conclusion, using Diskpart to format your hard drive is a quick and easy way to get the job done. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, and you’ll have no problem formatting your hard drive.
Yes, formatting your hard drive will erase all of the data on the drive. Be sure to back up any important files before you format the drive.
Yes, you can use Diskpart to format a USB flash drive. However, be aware that formatting will erase all of the data on the drive.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.