How to Format a New Hard Drive

When you get a new computer or if you want to just redo everything with your existing computer by starting with a clean slate, then you need to format your new hard drive. There are different methods to format a hard drive. Follow these steps for a Windows operating system.

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Use the floppy boot method. This is the conventional way of formatting your hard drive. Insert the boot disk and then turn on your computer.

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Hit the \"Enter\" key on your keyboard when you get into the Startup Menu.

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Choose from the option command for CD support. This will bring you to a command prompt. Where the cursor blinks type in fdisk (one word). Then hit \"Enter\" key from keyboard.

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Press \"Y\" when you see the warning page so that you will get a large disk support.

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Choose the type of partitions you want when you get to the FDISK Options. You will see a list of options that are numbered. Scroll to each one and you will see the option number changed in between the clause sign. For beginners, you can choose to create one big partition. Choose the first one, then hit \"Enter\" key.

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Type in format c: and then, hit the \"Enter \" key right after the colon. It will show on your screen like this: A:>format c:

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Read the warning then select either Y or N. (Y is for Yes and N is for No). The warning would state \"Warning, all data in non-removable disk drive C: will be lost!\"

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Read the corresponding page. This will show you the drive size and estimated time to complete.

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Type in e: for the location of the CD drive. Hit the \"Enter\" key. This will take you to the E drive. It will show as: A:>e:

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Type \"Setup\" then hit \"Enter.\" It will show as: E:>setup

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Follow the instructions on a more readable Windows setup.