The definition of formatting is the deletion of all the data on the hard drive. However, take note: ‘Quick Format’ makes your data remain by simply creating the appearance of the drive being clean. This is acceptable for use only if you are using a brand new hard drive or wish to re-download Windows. However, it is not in case if you are selling/ giving away the disk or throwing it away.
A clear download of the software, removal of a virus or malware … These are some of the causes that lead to users making a decision about formatting. Here, we shall discuss the procedure.
The requirements for all the things that you will need, change based on different factors, e.g. if you own any other hard drives, a space PC, etc. To illustrate, you are unable to format the hard drive of your current version of the software, which is being utilized. To allow proper reconfiguration of the disk and a re-download of Windows (or a different OS), start the computer from a Windows installation disk, a USB flash drive or another bootable disc.
Note: before beginning reconfiguration, please back up all pictures, video clips, songs, other personal files from the disk. Yes, they may be restored on some occasions, but taking precautions in advance will make your life a lot easier.
Formatting a hard disk from BIOS
We have received quite a few questions about the ways of formatting a hard drive from BIOS. Unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve this, as BIOS cannot assist in formatting of a hard drive, creation/deletion of partitions, despite the fact that PC BIOS is very multi-functional.
This heading is defined as small sections, which makes up a hard disk’s storage space. Ensure that you know about partitions prior to beginning the procedure of formatting. Take note that you are able to format files in one partition and leave others unchanged, which is handy in certain circumstances. However, in case you wish to format the whole hard disk to utilize the entire capacity in a single block, please ensure that you erase the partition information, too.