Formatting Hard Drive in Windows®
How to format a hard drive in Windows based system?
There are some steps to be followed to format the hard drive in the system. To do this, you need to right-click 'My Computer' icon and select 'manage' option. In the Computer Management window, select 'Storage' option and then get 'Disk Management'. You need to then select formatting options in partition wizard and select ‘Perform a quick format’ option. The hard drive will be formatted. You need to then insert Windows installation CD and restart the system. You need to press any key to boot from CD and set-up screen of Windows will be displayed. You need to follow on-screen instructions to get Windows re-installed. It is possible that some issues while formatting process. The most common issue is loss of data stored in hard drive. It may come as a result of huge partition size of hard drive. There may be a number of other issues which come while formatting the hard drive. These include bad sector, broken hardware, FAT32 and file system issue, and Volume in Use, etc.
Following are some problems that occur while formatting a hard drive in the system:
- Bad Sectors
- Broken Hardware
- FAT32 And File System Issues
- Volume In Use
One among the most possible issue which can come while formatting the hard drive is bad sector. The hard drive may have damaged and it may not be writable or readable. Thus, the hard drive may not be formatted properly. The bad sector may be near to beginning of disk and may prevent the formatting process.
Another issue which can come while formatting the hard drive in system is broken hardware. The hard drive may get impossible to format due to the malfunctioning disk-reading mechanism. The computer may not be recognizing the hard drive at all. The drive may get unstable and cannot be used thereafter. The data may also be not recovered.
FAT32 and file system issue is another problem which can come while formatting hard disk drive in the system. It is possible that different types of file systems have restrictions on partition formatting sizes. FAT32 is always known for having restrictions. FAT32 will be restricted to 32 GB partition via use of Windows formatting utility.
The formatting process can get problems such as 'Volume in Use'. It is possible that Operating System in the system is not allowing the formatting of hard drive when it is being used in the system. The formatting process may not be allowed while other application are running in the system.
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