Format hard disks under Windows 8 If you want to install a new hard drive in your PC or want to empty an existing one, you can use the format function of Windows 8. Depending on the data carrier you have in mind, a different procedure is recommended.
Format secondary drives directly Data carriers on which the operating system is not installed can be emptied and processed relatively quickly.
- Use the left mouse button on the Start menu of Windows 8 to select “Computer.” They are forwarded to the so-called workplace.
- Use the right mouse button to select the drive you want to edit. In the pop-up menu, click “Format” with the left mouse button.
- Set the file system and volume the disk should have after the operation. For Windows 8, the NTFS file system is recommended. If you reduce the output size of the data carrier, the remaining memory is automatically released for possible partitions.
- Click the “Start” button with the left mouse button to initiate the formal process. All data stored on the hard disk is now automatically deleted, and the memory is set as adjusted.
Working with disk management
If you do not want to process all drives individually, you can also call the so-called disk management of Windows 8.
- Move the mouse over the right edge of the screen until the page menu appears.
- Enter the term “Hard disk” or “Format” in the search window and confirm with “Enter.”
- The “Create and format disk partitions” item appears, which you can open with the left mouse button.
In Disk Management, you get an overview of all current data carriers – including USB sticks and external drives when they are switched on – and can process them again as required.
Reinstalling the System Disk
The drive that is running Windows 8 on which the operating system is running can not be formatted while the system is still working. Instead, proceed as follows …
- Insert the Windows CD into your CD or DVD drive.
- Restart the PC by going to the right side of the screen with the mouse button, invoking the page menu and clicking on “Restart” under “Settings.”
- Press the “Del” key on the first screen to enter the BIOS.
- Under “Boot,” make sure that the CD drive is selected as the first boot drive. Then exit the BIOS via “Save and Exit.”
- The PC restarts and loads the data from the Windows CD.
- On the screen, select Formatting, and then set up a volume, data system, and any partitions on the system disk to clean up the drive and re-install Windows.
Before you format a hard disk, you should always make sure that all relevant data has been transferred from the disk to another disk. If on the other hand, you want to clean up your system hard drive, you should first check out all the relevant keys and login data for the operating system or ask Microsoft to complete the new installation without any problem.