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How to Format a Hard Drive in Windows 7 with Partition Software?

What is hard drive format?

To format a hard drive means to delete any information on the drive and set up a new file system so operating system can read from it and write data on it.

When need to format hard drive?

Computer virus, adding additional drives or selling your computer may require you to format the hard drive on your computer. You need to back up the important data before starting the formatting process, because the data will be inaccessible after the format.

To format a hard drive in Windows 7 with Aomei Partition Assistant

There are two ways to format hard drive: "Wipe Hard Drive" and "Format Partition". "Wipe Hard Drive" will erase all the data on the disk and no data recovery software could recover it. "Format Partition" option will just erase one partition not the whole disk.

Below are respective tutorials on "Wipe Hard Drive and "Format Partition"

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 1: Right-click the Disk 2 and select "Wipe Hard Drive".

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2: In the pop-up dialog box, specify the number of times to wipe hard drive, the maximum number is 100.

Specify Number of Times

Step 3: Finally, click "Apply" on the toolbar to perform pending operations.

Click Apply

Format Partition

Step 1: Right-click H: drive and select "Format".

Format H Drive2

Step 2: In the window that pop up, specify the partition label, file system, and cluster size according to your needs.

Format Partition.gif

Step 3: Click "Apply" to perform.

Click Apply Two

To format partition with Windows Disk Management

Step 1: Right-click H: drive and select "Format".

Format Volume

Step 2: In the pop-up dialog box, decide the volume label, file system, and allocation unit size of the volume.

Format Option

After the above steps, the partition format will be done, remember to back up the data before the format.

Below is a comparison form of Partition Assistant and Disk Management

  Partition Assistant Disk Management
Format Partition
Wipe Hard Drive
Delete All Partitions
Copy Disk
Erased data can be recovered by data recovery software

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