By AOMEI / Last Updated June 28, 2021


For any reason, if you want to format hard drive from USB, you are on the right page. You don’t need to be tech savvy to do this. All you need is a professional third-party software. Here, we recommend you free AOMEI Partition Assistant. It supports to create a bootable USB based on Windows Pre-installation Environment, then you can boot computer from USB to load an operating system and run AOMEI Partition Assistant to format hard drive or to do other modify job for hard drive.

How to format hard drive from USB?

1. Create a bootable USB

Step1: Download, install, and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click “Make Bootable CD Wizard” in the left panel under “Wizard” column. Confirm the operation you are going to do and click “Next” to continue.

Make Bootable Media

Tip: It will automatically detect whether your system has installed Windows AIK or not. If yes, go to Step2. If not, please download and install Windows AIK first.

Step2: In pop out window, choose “USB Boot Device” to create bootable USB.

Choose USB Drive

The process of creating WinPE bootable USB drive will take a few minutes. Then to boot from USB, you need to enter BIOS and change boot order under Boot Menu.


2. Format hard drive from USB with AOEMI Partition Assistant

After you boot from USB, AOMEI Partition Assistant will be launched automatically.

Step1: Right click the partition on hard drive, and select “Format Partition”.

Format Partition 500GB Drive

Step2: Choose any file system as you wish. Click “OK”.

Choose FAT32

Step3: You can review the result, and don’t forget to click “Apply”.

Apply 500GB Drive

Free AOMEI Partition Assistant is powerful enough to format hard drive from USB, and you also can use its format feature to restore USB back to full capacity. In addition, it supports to resize, merge, split, move, copy, delete partition as well as convert between NTFS and FAT32, migrate OS to SSD, create Windows To Go, etc.