Q: Hello, I just want to know in what situation I need to format hard drive. Is there anyone can tell me?

A: Generally speaking, we do not format drive only when there is a requirement to repartition hard drive, or the computer needs to be sold or has been attacked by virus. In such circumstances, we will do the task.

From the question above, it is not hard to understand the reason why we need to format hard drive. When it comes to this situation, what we usually do is two ways: one is to use the Windows Disk Management, and the other is to make use of dive formatting software. Now, let’s see them together. Before them, please ensure all the important data has been backed up.

Windows snap-in Disk Management to format hard drive

It is widely known that Disk Management can format, create and change label. For latest Windows OS, like Window 8/7/Vista, it can also extend and shrink partitions, but these functions are not perfect because of some limitations.

How to achieve this goal? Here, we choose Windows 7 operating system as an example. Right click “Computer”→choose “Management” →select “Storage” →click “Disk Management”. After we have done all these procedures, it will present a map of all disk partitions. At this time, just right click the partition we want to execute the formatting operation.

Excellent and free drive formatting software to format partition

Another easy way to achieve this goal is to use the third party tool. It’s hard to know which one is best, because there is a lot of disk partition software. Having considered this situation, I would like to recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition for the user. It is a totally free partition manager for home and commercial users. With its help, we can format the partitions to different file systems, and it is our own decision to choose the right cluster size for formatting.

In addition, we needn’t to worry whether we can handle it or not, for a green hand can smoothly operate this powerful tool. Meanwhile, it covers a variety of powerful disk management functions such as merge, resize, wipe, delete, convert FAT32 to NTFS, copy and hide partition, etc.

For the detailed procedures of formatting, please click here to learn more!