How to Initialize and Format a New Hard Drive in Windows 10. This video is a step-by-step guide on how to quickly format any storage device (e.g. USB sticks, flash memories, external hard drives, SSDs, micro SDs, e.t.c) in windows 10. This is accomplished using the following steps as demonstrated in the video:
1. From your windows search, type “diskpart”.
2. Click on the diskpart command from the search result to open the diskpart command terminal.
3. On the diskpart prompt, type “list disk”, this shows a list of all the disks on your computer including the C drive usually disk 0.
4. Then attach the USB device you wish to format, wait for the computer to recognize the device, then run the “list disk command again”.
5. Now you can see an additional disk showing a capacity that is approximately or exactly the same at the disk you attached, note the corresponding disk number on the left.
6. Type “select disk #”, replace # with the disk number of the disk you intend to format. When you click enter, it should say “disk # is now the selected disk”.
7. Type “Clean” and click enter.
8. Wait for the message “DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk”. Close the terminal.
9. From your windows search, type “create and format hard disk partitions”. Click on the corresponding result from your search, it should open up the disk management tool.
10. Scroll down to the corresponding disk number, it should have a label “unallocated”.
11. Right-click and select “New Simple Volume”. It takes you to the new simple volume wizard.
12. Leave all the settings as they are and click “Next, Next, …, Finish”.
13. Wait for the label to change to “Healthy (Primary Partition)”.
14. Your disk is fully formatted.
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