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How To Format A Hard Drive?

November 12, 2016 Jon 0 Comments

If you have known numerous Blue Screens of Death on your PC, or discover the fateful ticking noise coming from your laptop, it is probably time to format your Hard Drive. Formatting will get rid of all data on the hard drive and is the fastest way to remove computer viruses. Formatting does not only have to be done when there is a problem, it can also be utilised to just wipe a drive clean in one go, if for example you are going to upgrade the drive a new operating system. This guide will explain how to format a Hard Drive on a PC as well as MAC.

Required tools and materials

A Windows or Macintosh Hard drive utility disk


Step one:
Select the main drive of the Mac usually called Macintosh HD
Go to: Applications : Utilities : Disk Utility
This will open all the drives linked to the computer.

Step two:
Choose the disk that you want to format from the listing on the left, then select the erase tab that is located to the right of the HD listing. A listing of formatting options will open.

Step three:
Choose the Volume erase option from the list that will open up.

Step Four:
Chose a name for the mounted hard drive and type it in the area intended.

Step five
Select the erase button and a window will open requesting to confirm your selection. Pick erase again and the formatting process will begin.Once formatting is complete, the drive will be listed with the name it was given in step five as well as on the desktop of the Mac.

How to erase a Hard Drive with Windows XP.

Step one:
To erase a hard drive with Windows XP or 2000, insert Windows CD and restart your computer.

Step two:
Your computer must automatically boot from the CD to the Windows Setup Main Menu.

At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER.

Step three:
Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.

Step four:
If XP is already installed, you will be asked prompted to to repair it. Press escape to bypass the option.

Step five:
Use the ARROW keys to select the partition or the unpartitioned space where you want to create a new partition. Press D to delete an existing partition, or press C to create a new partition. Type the size in megabytes (MB) that you want to use for the new partition, and then press “enter” or just press “enter” to make the partition with the maximum size.

Step six:
Select the erase option that you wish to use for the partition (Recommended: NTFS), and then press ENTER.

Step seven:
After the Windows Setup program formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the screen to continue installing Windows.

Tips and warnings:
1) Before formatting a hard drive save all the info you need from the drive. You will lose ALL the data stored on the drive after formatting.

2) If you are formatting a Macintosh, you cannot erase the startup disk unless the system has booted from the install CD.

3) Be patient, this may take some time. The amount of time it will take to format a hard drive will depend on a number of factors:

1. The size of the drive (larger drives (120 GB and up) will take a longer time to format than smaller ones).

2. The kind of file system of the drives. Windows drives with New technology File System (NTFS) file systems will take longer to format than (FAT or FAT 32).

Please visit these links for more information on : How to Format a Hard Drive and Format a Hard Drive.

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