System hacks: format the disk five methods you can choose

There are many ways to format a disk, and each method has its own advantages and features. The most common disk formatting operations we use are performed in Explorer or Disk Manager. Some other methods are also worth knowing and mastering.

1. Formatting options in File Explorer

In File Explorer, there are two things to note when using the right-click menu “Format” command: First, when saving a single file larger than 4GB, you can choose exFAT format in addition to NTFS format, which is useful for storing super large HD video files on newer mobile devices or DSLR or MicroSD cameras. Also, if you want to check for bad sectors or bad tracks while formatting, uncheck “Quick format”, which is necessary when formatting old disks (Figure 1). 2.


Compressed” formatting in Disk Manager

The formatting feature in Disk Manager offers a compression option. To enable compressed formatting, you can only do it if the NTFS format is selected; all other formats do not support compression. After performing a compressed format and saving files to the disk, blue opposite-arrow icons will appear on some files, indicating that the saved files are automatically compressed (Figure 2). Compressed formatting saves disk storage space, and files will open slower than when they are stored in standard format, but we may not feel the difference in speed when using it on a high end device. Disk Manager is better suited for initializing newly acquired disks and then performing formatting operations along with them.


3. 3-in-1 Windows 10 command line formatting

Formatting a disk in a Windows 10 command prompt window allows you to select the file system format, volume label, and formatting method for the disk with just one command. The command for quick formatting of disks is as follows.

Format fs=<FileSystem> label=”<VolumeLabel>” quick

In practice, replace <FileSystem> with one of the formats NTFS or FAT32, exFAT, etc., and <VolumeLabel> with the newly created volume label name.

To do a full format of the disk, just remove the QUICK from the above command.

4. New Windows PowerShell command formatting

In addition to using a command prompt window, we can also use the administrator Windows PowerShell command window to complete disk formatting operations. The PowerShell command for quick formatting of disks is as follows.

Format-Volume -DriveLetter “<DriveLetter>” -FileSystem <FileSystem> -NewFileSystemLabel “<VolumeLabel>”

When actually using the command, replace <DriveLetter> with the specific disk letter, <FileSystem> with the disk type, and <VolumeLabel> with the volume label name.

If you need to perform a full format, just add the “-Full” parameter to the above Quick Format command.

5. Third-party formatting tools for data security and confidentiality

The above methods have a common drawback, the data is not permanently erased after formatting. If a non-recoverable formatting operation is required, we can use the old software O&O PartitionManager v3.0 from the O&O series of tools to select different security levels for secure formatting (Figure 3). In addition, it is possible to operate with its new software of the same family, O&O SafeErase 15 Professional Edition, selecting the last module on the main interface, Hard disk/partitions, to perform a secure erase of all data on the hard disk, partitions or even the entire computer.


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