A guide to formatting a hard drive in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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.

  1. Reply Rebecca_3 30.11.2016 at 19:49

    So “Quick Format” option is not for me then. To tell the truth i didn`t know that information might be still there after that type of cleaning…
    By the way the video has come in handy as it`s easier to understand what to do now. I prefer to see something once than read about it a lot of times.
    I don`t know if it makes sense to ask this question here but is Vista can be used still? It`s not supported by Microsoft anymore…

  2. Reply Antoin 01.12.2016 at 01:55

    Now i see why we need formatting because i thought if i trashed all the data that would do. I`m going to sell my old notebook and it means i have to clean it up first. Thanks for explaining me how to do it and the reason why i should do it. I don`t think that i`d be happy if somebody got access to my personal info… Gotta be careful and keep my files safe by erasing them in this case 😉

  3. Reply a.mason 24.12.2016 at 16:57

    I wonder if somebody uses vista still… I liked it pretty much but they stopped to support it 🙁
    Well, formatting is a great thing when it comes to getting rid of your old pc, whether you wanna sell it or just give away. Now i understand the concept of it, earlier i didn`t… The word “formatting” used to scare me a lot lol To me it meant something like losing all the files forever so i couldn`t get it why somebody would ever need it…
    I`m not going to perform it right now, but it`s good to know how to do it the best way. Everything seems to be so simple when i read your articles… When i attended my courses it wasn`t the same.

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