How To Format A New Hard Drive or SSD on WINDOWS 10

If you have bought a new Hard Disk or SSD and want to use it on Windows 10 PC, then the first thing which you have to do is Formatting it. This step is very important for setting up a new Hard Drive or SSD.

When you format a hard drive (e.g., HDD or SSD), you’re essentially deleting any information stored on the drive and set up a file system (e.g., NTFS and FAT32) that the OS understands to read and write data to the. So, today’s topic is all about the formatting of new as well as existing hard drive or solid state disk on Windows 10 but before this let me make you familiar with terms and elements used in the formatting of hard drive or solid state disk.

HARD DRIVE is a nonvolatile memory hardware device that permanently stores data on the computer including pictures, music, videos, text documents, and any files created. Also,store files for the operating system and software programs that run on the computer.

SSD (SOLID STATE DISK)is a device that uses memory to store data.Asare typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, and have lower access time.

    NOTE:- One should never use a HARD DRIVE/SSD without formatting it for the first time, because it may contain some malware virus, which make your system slow.

Formatting a disk involves testing the disk and writing a new file system into the disk which enables the system to read the structure of DISK’S DIRECTORY (files and folders are organized on the disk).

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How to Format an Existing Partition Using Disk Management

Simply follow some steps being described below along with the images to make sure that you are going on the right track.

Step 1: Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and then select Disk Management seen on screen.

Step 2: Right-click the drive you want to format.


Tap-and-hold on the drive and choose Format… A “Format [drive letter]:” window should appear.

Step 3: Type a descriptive name.

Step 4: Select a file system from the drop-down menu. In the case of     Windows 10, it’s recommended to use the NTFS (New Technology File System).

Step 5: On “Allocation unit size,” leave the Default option.

Step 6: Clear the Perform a quick format option.

Step 7: Unless necessary, you don’t need to check the Enable file and folder compression option.

Step 8 Click OK.

Step 9 Click OK on the warning message


DISK MANAGEMENT – it is basically used to manage theinstalled in computer like a hard drive, flash drive, optical disk drives, nowadays its basic use is to make partitions in the disk, assign drive letters. In disk management, each drive is displayed by layout, type, file system, status, capacity, free space, fault tolerance and much more.

You can follow the below mention steps to format a hard drive without partition, using disk management

Step 1: Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Disk Management option seen on your screen.

Step 2: Right-click the drive marked as “Unknown” and “Not Initialized,” and select Initialize Disk.

Step 3: Choose your style of partition i.e MBR or GPT

MBR (Master Boot Record) mainly used for driver whose size is smaller than

 GPT (GUID Partition Table) mainly used for driver whose size is larger than 2TB

Step 4: Once you choose your style, simply right-click the Unallocated Space and select New Simple Volume.

Step 5: Click NEXT button.

Step 6: Select the default size if you are planning to use the entire drive for storing the files.

Step 7: Click NEXT.

Step 8: Select a driver from the drop-down menu and click on the NEXT BUTTON displayed on your screen.

Step 9: Select the NTFS (New Technology File System).

Step 10: Leave the default option on “Allocation Unit Size

Step 11: Simply type the descriptive name and clear the Perform a quick format option


Step 12: Press the NEXT BUTTON.

Step 13: Press the FINISH button.

When all the steps are done completely your system is now formatted completely along with partition.

This is all for this article. I hope that your issue is being resolved, and now you can easily format your drive along with partition with the help of disk management.

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