Related Articles. Buying Guide. Top Ten Laptops of the Year, Gift Guide for the Techy Tot. See In Sync. No, Not That One. Items discussed in article Pre-Format: Desktop Solid-State Drives. USB Flash Drives. Dave B. Reply Reply. Craig B. Ted H. I run Linux and use ext4. Too bad you did not mention ext4. Tuxera or Paragon for Mac!! Latest Discussions Kevin P. Right-click on Start , the Windows logo on the bottom-left of the screen, and click Disk Management.
In the Disk Management window, the lower pane will display a list of available drives. Identify the drive that needs to be partitioned and formatted, and make sure that all critical data on this drive has been backed up elsewhere. If there is already a partition on the drive, the bar above that drive will appear blue. If there is no critical data on the drive, or the data has been successfully backed up, right-click the bar and click Delete Volume.
If Disk Management shows the drive as Not Initialized , the drive will have to be initialized.
For assistance initializing a hard drive, please see Answer ID If there is no partition and data on the drive, it will appear as Unallocated , with a black bar on top. Right-click the Unallocated space or the black bar, and click New Simple Volume.
Then click OK button to go on. Select the Format file system from the drop-down menu. When it is done, this bar will go away and the drive should now be listed on the desktop. Windows supports three different file systems. Don't Miss.
Click Next to proceed. Choose the volume size and click Next. By default, the maximum disk space is already selected and it is recommended to leave it at the maximum disk space. Open Disk Management.
In Windows 8 this can be achieved by moving the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the Desktop and right-clicking on top of the Start menu screen. Then, click Disk Management right below Storage.
From the menu, click on Disk Management. FAT32 in macOS Once that's done, double left-click on the Mac HD , the internal Mac hard drive visible on the top-right corner of the desktop screen. While in there, open Utilities , and lastly double-click on Disk Utility When Disk Utility opens, all available drives will display on the left-side panel. From said list, select the drive that is to be partitioned and formatted from the left-side panel. Once selected, click on Partition on the top area of the Disk Utility window.
The Partition window will now appear. Next to Partition, assign the desired drive name for the device.
This is the format that the drive will be formatted to. Now, click on Apply. Disk Utility will begin the formatting and repartitioning process. This may take several minutes. It is usually directly above the name of the drive, and is the drive selection that has the total size of the drive being displayed. FAT32 in Windows 10 and earlier Important: Western Digital provides the Acronis True Image WD Edition software that allows users of our internal hard drives to format their drives.
Users of our external drives will need to find third-party software to accomplish this task. The file may need to be uncompressed using some type of uncompression or unzipping utility. Check the box labeled I accept this License Agreement and click Next.
Select the hard drive that is to be formatted and click on Start. All data on the target hard drive will be erased during this process. Please remove or backup any valuable data before performing this step. A pop-up message will appear warning that formatting the drive will erase all the data on the device.
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