You will need
- USB flash drive or external hard drive, computer
If you have connected a removable drive first to the computer, you need to wait until you install the correct driver. Usually this process takes no more than a minute. Only then can you begin formatting the disk.
After the removable drive appeared in “My computer”, click with the right mouse button. In the drop menu must choose the option “format”. In the small popup window makes all the necessary formatting settings.
Capacity: then you shouldn't change anything, as it is simply shown the capacity to be displayed by the device after formatting. As a rule, its value to a few megabytes lower than specified by the manufacturer of the device.
File system: in this case will be considered 2 of the most common file systems are FAT and NTFS. Most flash drives by default are formatted FAT, but it is worth noting one feature: if your removable disk has a volume larger than 4Gb, you will face problems when writing to files larger than 4Gb. Therefore, you will not be able to capture an image of the driveand or the film high quality, the amount, which exceeds this limit. In this case, you should choose the NTFS file system.
Cluster size: in most cases this parameter should not touch, but if you plan to record on a removable disk, a very large number of files are very small in size (text files, scripts) it makes sense to set the minimum value of this parameter. Otherwise, the device quickly runs out of free memory.
The volume label is the future name of the removable disk. Call the disc at your discretion.
Quick format (wipe the TOC): put a tick in this box only when the device is new and no file has not been previously recorded. You can also use this function when short of time, but it should be remembered that in this case the files that were in memory prior to formatting can be recovered with special software. If you want to completely clear the disk from the data this option be included not worth it.
Create a boot diskand MS-DOS: if you are going to create a bootable disk or don't even know what it is, just do not click.
After all settings are completed, you will need only to press the Start button, but I advise you again to see if any on the device, important data, because after formatting they will be extremely difficult or even impossible to recover.
Advice 2: How to format a PC
Sometimes there are situations in which we have to format the hard disk of the computer. Actions required for the implementation of this operation depend on whether or not the on the disk operating system.
You will need
- Partition Manager, a second computer, the disc Windows.
The surest and most reliable way to format completely the hard drive is to connect it to another computer. This method allows to perform any disk operations, including creating and modifying partitions.
Remove the hard drive from the system unit and connect it to the second computer. Turn on this PC and start the operating system. Click on "My computer". Just right click on any hard disk partition and select "Format". Select the file system of the future net section.
Repeat the steps with all the other local drives that you want to format. This method is not always convenient, because not everyone has the opportunity to use a second computer.
To format any hard disk partition while installing the operating system. Insert the disk drive that contains installation files of Windows Vista or Seven, and run it.
A few items on the touch screen window will appear containing a list of existing partitions. Click the "drive options" to display the menu of additional actions. Select the partition you want to format, and click "Delete" or "Format". In the first case, the section will no longer be active and the second will be cleared.
If you have at hand was not a Windows installation disc, then use the Partition Manager. Install and run it. Right click the mouse on the tab you want to format and select "Format". Specify the file system of the future purified of the disk.
Click "Apply". If this section is not installed an operating system that is currently being used, then the formatting process will take place without rebooting. If this partition is the system, the program will continue executing operations in MS-DOS mode.