Connect your portable hard drive to your computer and open an Explorer window My computer, and then click the right mouse button on it. A context menu will appear in which click on the "Format...". This will cause the settings window whose title contains the following name Format (the label of the disk and its letter)".
In the preferences window select file system of your portable hard drive will function. If you are working or planning to work with large files (4GB and more), then select your disk with the NTFS file system. It is worth noting that this file system is recognized only by computers running operating system with the kernel NT. In the absence of the need to work with large files you may work file system FAT or FAT32.
Enter the name of your portable hard drive into the volume Label box, and then select the formatting below. To confirm the formatting operation, click on the button "Start".
Another formatting technique is the use of special tools, such as Acronis Disk Director, which is one of the most popular scraps to work with hard diskmi. Install it on your computer.
Run the utility and select manual mode. In the list of hard drives that occupies a larger space in the program window, just right click on your hard drive and click "Format" in the opened context menu.
In the upper part of the window Disk Director and there is the toolbar where you aktiviziruyutsya icon with a picture of a racing flag. Click on it with the left mouse button to execute the scheduled task. In this case it is formatting.
Advice 2: How to format a portable drive
A situation may arise when you need to format the portable hard drive. You may need to change the outdated FAT32 file system on more modern NTFS. Or do you just need to completely clean the hard disk from all files. In this case, formatting will be much safer compared to ordinary file deletion, since after it removes all information from the hard disk. Also formatting will destroy all viruses and malware.
You will need
- - A computer running Windows operating system;
- - portable hard disk;
- - P utility USB Disk Storage Format Tool
Connect the portable hard drive to the computer. Wait until it is detected by the operating system. After a dialog box appears that says that the device is connected and ready to work, go to "My computer". Next, click the icon to the external hard driveand right-click in the resulting shortcut menu select "Format". In the window that appears, select the file system you want to format the hard disk. Then from the bottom of the window, click "Start". Begin the process of formatting the external hard disk. After completing it appears that the hard disk is successfully formatted.
If the purpose of your formatting is to change the file system and the standard way of formatting this is not always possible for portable hard drives or this process can be very long, you can use a special utility. Download from the Internet P utility USB Disk Storage Format Tool. This completely free app with a size less than one megabyte. The program does not require installation.
Connect the external hard drive. Then run the program. In the top row of Devise select your removable hard disk, and the line below the file system. Also available are two methods of formatting. A rapid method formats the hard disk in just a few seconds, while there is a high probability of file recovery. The second method of formatting longer, but the probability of file recovery is small. Even if files can be recovered, most likely they will be damaged and will not open.
Depending on the situation, choose a quick or thorough method of formatting, and then click Start. On completion of the formatting process you will be notified in the program window.