How to Securely Format Hard Disk in Windows

Securely Format Hard Disk in Windows

Do you want to format all the memory and disc from the computer? But stuck in the steps? Don’t know how to format the disk in once click? What is the easiest way to format the disc? Is the formatting disc being safe? If you want answers to these questions then there is no need to shift to the various web pages. You are at the right place now. Just stop clicking anywhere else and pay attention to this article only. 

Here is a guide on how you can Securely and safely format the hard disk in windows. Here I have covered steps that are applicable to all versions of windows. You will hardly require half an hour or a few minutes for the process. 

There are two safest ways you can format your hard disk from pc. Either you can do it from the disk management settings or you can do from the command prompt. Here are the steps you can follow to format the hard disk securely in the windows. Let’s get signed in! means let’s get started.   

  1. Format the disk Via disk management:

The first method to format the hard disk securely in windows is the disk management. Follow these steps carefully so that you will format your hard disk securely and safely. So, let’s get started. 

You can access the disk management by various methods. Here I am using the control panel method.  I will give these methods in brief. 

Various ways to open disk management: 

1. Right click on this PC then go to Manage then click on the Disk Management.

2. Click the start menu and then search for the Disk Management.

3. Click on the start menu and then type the word cmd to open the command prompt and then write the command compmgmt.msc and then hit the Enter button.

4. Press “Windows + R” to open the command line and then enter “diskmgmt.msc” to launch Disk Management.

     Format the disk Via disk management 

  1. Search for the control panel 
  2. Click on the control panel 
  3. Go to system and security 
  4. After that scroll down and select the option Administrative tools present at the last 
  5. After clicking administrative tools click on the create and format hard disk partitions 
  1. A new window will come in front of you 
  2. From that look for the disk you want to format 
  3. Then right click on it 
  4. You will see various options, from that select the option format. 
  1. And you are done with the formatting. 
  1. Via command prompt (cmd) 

The second method to format the computer hard disk is by the the command prompt. The command prompt can be very simple as this does not involve the clicks over the various settings in the various software’s etc. You just have to copy paste the commands and you are done. 

  1. Search for the command prompt in the search menu 
  2. After that right click on the command prompt and click run as an administrator. 
  3. Once the command prompt opens, type the following commands one by one. 
  4. Type the command diskpart 
  5. After that you have to find the volume number of the disk. For that you have to type the command list vol. A list of the disk name and vol numbers will come. From that note down the volume number of the disk you want to format. 
  6. Now to select the disk with appropriate vol, type the command select vol X. here note that you have to use the volume number instead of the X. 
  7. Now here comes the last nail in the coffin. Means the last step. Type the command format fs=ntfs label=”new volume” in the command prompt and hit enter. 
  8. This will cause the start of the format procedure and you can check the progress in the command prompt in percentage. 
  9. After it completes 100 % then your disk format will be completed. 

So that’s how you can format the hard disk in windows securely and safely. The process is simple. You can one of the methods. But I will prefer you using the command prompt, as the chances of the mistakes and wrong settings is minimum in the command prompt. Some people may not able to do the format in some special conditions. This can happen if you are trying to format a C drive while running the windows, or if the size of the drive is more than 32 GB etc. We have a detailed article on these issues, if you get any problem regarding this then you can search for them on our website. 

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