Simple Steps To Format A Hard Drive

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Simple Steps To Format Your Hard Drive

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Sometimes, our only choice is to format our hard drive with all the vital information it has when we find ourselves face to face with a very stubborn hard drive problem that requires immediate hard drive hardrecovery, mostly due to the malicious cyber attacks that seem to become part of our online revolution life.

To most this is a very serious issue especially if you are a professional and your computer means real business to you, a virus in your hard drive is a real nightmare.

Sometimes the only removal of this bug is by wiping off your entire computer information which is called (Formatting the hard drive) This should give your computer a new life and runs as fast as when it just was purchased” but at the painful price of loosing your entire information.


Here’s How to format your hard drive, your hard drive must be partitioned before formatting.


  • Click on the Start button and then the Control Panel.
  • Click on the System and Security tab
  • When the  System and Security window shows, click on the Administrative Tools- located near the bottom of the window.
  • In the Administrative Tools window, click on the Computer Management icon.
  • Once Computer Management is opened, click on Disk Management on the left side of the window, located under Storage.After a little loading period, Disk Management should appear on the right side of the Computer Management window.In case you don’t see Disk Management listed, you may need to click on the |> icon to the left of the Storage icon.cg3
  • Now you can start the partition of the hard drive, format a hard drive, change a drive’s letter and many other options
  • Open Windows 7 Disk Management from the Computer Management utility.
  • From Disk Management window open and locate the drive you want to format from the list located at the top.


If you don’t see the drive you want to format listed or does an Initialize Disk window appear  it most likely means that the hard drive has not yet been partitioned, something you must do before you format the hard drive.Once located, right-click on the drive and choose Format…. A “Format [drive letter]:” window should  appear.


it is very important to choose the correct drive to format in Windows 7.

  • If the hard drive being formated has data on it, double-check that it’s the correct drive by looking at the drive letter and then checking in Windows Explorer to make sure it is  the right one.
  • In case of formatting a new drive, the drive letter assigned should be unfamiliar to you and the ( File System will probably be listed as RAW).
  • In the Volume label: textbox, you either can give a name to the drive or leave it as is. If this is a new drive, Windows 7 will assign the volume label New Volume. I do  recommend giving a name to the drive so it’s easier to identified later on.
  • As for File system: choose NTFS unless you have a specific need to choose another file system. NTFS file is always the most recommended option to use in Windows 7 unless you have a specific need to choose other files such as FAT32.
  • The Allocation unit size should be set to Default unless there’s a specific reason to customize it. It’s not of the ordinary to set a custom allocation unit size when formatting a hard drive in Windows 7 system.cg2
  • The system may suggest that you Perform a quick format by checking this option by default but I do recommend unchecking the box to enable a standard format to be performed. In a standard format, each sector on the hard drive is checked for errors and a one-pass write zero is also performed.
  • Enable file and folder compression option is probably unchecked by default and I do recommend you keep it as is. File and folder compression is no longer as important in today’s world of very large hard drives but you still have the choice to enable it if you want. Click OK at the bottom of the window.
  • An OK click to the “Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before formatting. Do you want to continue?” message.
  •  Hard drive format will start. You can keep track of the drive format by watching the Formatting: xx% progress in the Status field. Note: Formatting a hard drive in Windows 7 could take a very long time if the drive is large or slow.
  •  Format is complete when the Status changes to Healthy, which will happen a few seconds after the format counter reaches a 100%.

Now watch this tutorial video

Congratulations ! You’ve just formatted your hard drive in Windows 7 and you can now use the new drive the way you did, its now faster and looking for some action.
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Sam Ammouri

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