Windows 10: drive wiping and format

Discus and support drive wiping and format in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I have a Western Digital 500 Mb hard drive that came off an old computer. How do I go about wiping all data on the drive and re-formatting it? The... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by oldwalker1, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. drive wiping and format


    I have a Western Digital 500 Mb hard drive that came off an old computer. How do I go about wiping all data on the drive and re-formatting it? The computer I have is an E machines EL1358G-51W, and it only has one drive bay.

    Any advice would be appreciated.


    Thank you.

    :)
     
    oldwalker1, Dec 28, 2019
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  2. Fernandz Win User

    How To Format A Write Protected Flash Memory ?

    ¿You already tried this one?...

    Run CMD


    1. diskpart
    2. list disk

    Then in the 3º step, put the correct number of disk in the list for the usb flash (if it's listed in disk 3, then you'll have to write select disk 3).

    2. select disk #
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    with that commands you will format the flash drive in fat32, if you have a large drive you can select also "format fs=ntfs" in step 7.

    good luck!
     
    Fernandz, Dec 28, 2019
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  3. Format an external Drive.

    Hello Roger,

    Thank you for posting your concern in Microsoft Community and welcome to the Windows 10 Family.

    I would suggest you to follow the below steps to format the drive you are referring to.

    • Right Click on Start menu and select Open Computer Management.

    • In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

    • Right-click the volume that you want to format, and then click Format.

    • To format the volume with the default settings, in the Format dialog box, click
      OK, and then click OK again.
    Note: You cannot format a disk or partition that is currently in use, including the partition that contains Windows.

    Hope it helps.

    Thank you.
     
    Sayan_Ghosh, Dec 28, 2019
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  4. cereberus Win User

    drive wiping and format

    Formatting USB stick/usb hdd issues

    Drive has probably failed. Try this.

    Run admin command prompt and type

    diskpart

    list disk

    select disk n (n is number of usb drive)

    clean (wipes drive - do not select wrong drive!)

    create partition primary

    select partition 1

    format fs=ntfs quick

    assign

    exit

    exit

    If any step fails, drive has almost certainly failed.
     
    cereberus, Dec 28, 2019
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