- Step 1: Back up files Back up important files or transfer them to your new computer before formatting the drive.
- TIP: Use a USB flash drive or your computer's recordable disk drive to back up your files.
- Step 2: Click on Start Click on the Start or Windows icon button and then click on Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
- Step 3: Select System and Maintenance Select System and Maintenance and then scroll down to click on Administrative Tools.
- Step 4: Double-click on Computer Management Double-click on Computer Management, and then select Disk Management under Storage from the Navigation Pane on the left side of the new window.
- Step 5: Right-click on the drive Right-click on the drive you wish to format and select Format from the drop-down menu.
- Step 6: Choose Format option Choose to format the drive either in NTFS or FAT 32 and then either a full or quick format.
- TIP: A full format is recommended as a quick format does not completely erase the drive.
- Step 7: Wait Wait for the computer to finish before doing anything else. A full format of your primary drive may take several hours, so be patient.
- FACT: A recent Gallup poll found that identity theft topped the crime concern list with 66 percent of Americans worrying they will be a victim.
You Will Need
- Basic computer navigation skills
- USB flash drive (optional)