Advice 1: How to format removable disk

In order to format removable disk (whether it's a simple USB flash drive or external hard drive), connect it to PC in data transfer mode. The formatting process will be considered on the example of the Windows operating system and a simple USB flash card, but even in other operating systems, it is not much different.
How to format removable disk
You will need
  • USB flash drive or external hard drive, computer
Instruction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The volume label is the future name of the removable disk. Call the disc at your discretion.
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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.
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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.
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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.
How to format a PC
You will need
  • Partition Manager, a second computer, the disc Windows.
Instruction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Advice 3: How to format a removable hard disk

All users of personal computers, laptops, etc. will sooner or later face the need for formatting hard disk. The reasons can be varied – from wanting to split a hard disk into partitions before needing to remove malicious virus. But the owners of external hard drives often have to think about the formatting issues at the moment of acquisition of the coveted removable device, because it can be installed not the file system, which requires the existing computer.
How to format a removable hard disk
You will need
  • - removable hard drive you want to format
  • - personal computer with Windows
  • - a Windows installation disc
Instruction
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Make sure the removable hard drive you want to format, no important data. Write down the desired files and folders on the main hard drive of the computer or to external media (CD and DVD discs, usb-stick, etc.).
Remember that after formatting the disk will be completely clean, your data will be unrecoverable.
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Check that the removable hard disk connected to the computer. Start the formatting procedure.
To hold it in several ways. Select the one that suits you. But it is better to use them in the following order, moving to the next step only if the previous one for some reason did not succeed.
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The first option. Open "My computer" through the start menu or from a shortcut on the desktop. Select the desired disk, click on it right mouse button and select "Format". In the ensuing dialog box, select the required file system, all the settings you can change on your own.
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A variant of the second. If in "My computer" is not reflected you need a removable hard disk, try to find it in any other way. Click "start". Locate the "Control Panel", open. Look for the item "administrative tools", then "computer Management". In the ensuing dialog box, in the thread "Storage device" select "Control diskmi. Locate the drive, right click and select "Format...".
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The third option. If the previous two methods don't give results, then take any Windows installation disc. Download it and start the reinstall. Normally, the system prompts you to select which hard disk to install and do I need to format the disks. In both questions, select your removable hard drive you want to format. Do not forget to specify the filesystem.
As soon as the formatting process, the computer will reboot. This highlights eject the Windows installation disc. The process is completed.
Useful advice
Define clearly the purposes for which you want to format a removable hard drive. If you bad with computers, then your problem may be far-fetched, but the formatting is unnecessary. In case of doubt, contact specialist.

Advice 4: How to format a hard drive if no boot

Formatting a hard disk partition destroys all the information that it contains. But sometimes it is necessary, for example, when reinstallation of the operating system infected by countless viruses. To format any hard disk partition, don't have to have a boot disk with the operating system.
How to format a hard drive if no boot
You will need
  • - computer with Windows;
  • program Partition Magic.
Instruction
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To format any local partition (the partition where no operating system installed), you must do the following. Go to "My computer". Next, click on hard disk partition, right-click, then will arise the context menu.
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In this menu, click "Format". After that, a window will appear where you can select formatting options. Under "File system" click the arrow and select which file system will be formatted this section. Note that for operating systems Windows Vista and Windows 7 the only available system is NTFS. Then select the checkbox "Quick cleaning, smoothing" and click "Start". Will start the formatting process. After a few seconds, a notification will appear that the disk is formatted.
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As for system disks, the situation looks different. A simple way of formatting will not help. The system simply will not allow to destroy itself. To format you need the program Partition Magic. Download one of her latest versions. Install the software on a hard disk of the computer.
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Run Partition Magic. In its main menu is a window that lists all your hard disk partitions. Check the system drive by clicking the letter with the left mouse button (default is drive C). Now on top of the toolbar, select "Section". There will be additional menu.
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In this menu select "Format" and then in the window that appears - type section. It's the same thing and the file system. In Windows you must select either FAT or NTFS. Other versions that will be on this list is file system for the Linux operating system. Then click OK and wait for the operation to complete.

Advice 5: How to choose a removable hard drive

For transport and long term storage of important information it is recommended to use external drives. If you constantly work with large amounts of data purchase is not a usual flash card, and external hard drive.
How to choose a removable hard drive
Instruction
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Start with the determination of a suitable form factor hard drive. Standard models have a width of 3.5 or 2.5 inches. External hard driveand the first category are very bulky and heavy. Sometimes such devices require connection to AC mains. This feature doesn't allow to use them in conjunction with mobile PC outdoors.
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Note the amount of memory the hard disk. Device with form factor of 3.5 inches, as a rule, allow you to record more information than their smaller counterparts. If you value this feature, select the 3.5 inch hard drive.
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Do not forget to learn another important feature is the processing speed. Keep in mind not only the direct write speed to disk, but the bandwidth of information exchange between hard drive and PC. High speed data transfer provide USB 3.0 and eSATA.
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Find out the presence of connectors required for connection with other devices. In most cases, you use the USB port. With it, you will be able to connect the hard drive not only to computer but also TV, sound system and so on.
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Examine the appearance of the hard disk. Find out what material it is made of the case. Often you can find hard disks with a metal sheath. The case well protects the drive from external influences.
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Remember that certain models of removable hard drives require an active connection the two USB channels. Usually after one of them passed information, and through other food. If you plan to use the hard drive with mobile computer, avoid buying a hard driveand with the specified feature. First, you can always connect additional peripherals. And secondly, like the winchesters actively consume battery power.

Advice 6: 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.
How to format a portable drive
You will need
  • - A computer running Windows operating system;
  • - portable hard disk;
  • - P utility USB Disk Storage Format Tool
Instruction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Advice 7: What does it mean to format the USB flash drive

Each user of the personal computer, in the aggregate, the owner of the flash drive or other media, should know what is formatting and why is it necessary and how to do it.
What does it mean to format the USB flash drive
Today there are several media, each of which requires mandatory regular formatis: hard drives (HDD) installed directly on the computer, a disk (CD, DVD and Blu-ray) and USB flash drive.

What is formatting and why is it necessary?



The very concept of format, any media that involves a change in the file system. As a rule, such a procedure leads to a complete purification of the carrier, i.e. all information stored on it is completely removed. Itself begs the question: "why do we need to format the media if all the information on it deleted?". This is done in order to allow the user to correct his integrity, optimized, i.e., increased the speed of certain tasks, of course, changed filesystem (if necessary). Formatting is always held in several cases that:
- contamination of the carrier virus;
- the speed of execution of different tasks with a carrier (e.g., transferring information to the computer) and decrease many times.

How to format a flash drive?



As for the procedure of formatting the stick, it can be done even using standard software of the Windows operating system. In order to use the standard functionality of the OS, you need to open "My computer" and select the removable media where you have to press the right mouse button. Further, in the context menu choose option "Format". After clicking a new window opens where the user can choose "File system", "cluster Size" and "formatting".

To stick typical file system is FAT32 as it used to store and use files small volume. If you are going to store on the flash drive large files, then choose NTFS. Cluster size indicates the speed of execution of different commands to a file (the optimum value is set default by the system). As for formatting, there's several of them is: quick and full. It is desirable to make it the full formatting, to corrupted sector of a removable disk has been restored and the file system successfully changed. If this is not necessary, and you regularly format your USB flash drive, then you can select "Quick format".
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