How to format a C drive?
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Formatting a hard drive C is the easiest way to get rid of unnecessary data stored on it, and prepare it for installing the operating system. More information about it will tell you the article What is disk formatting.
Formatting can be complete (at the same time absolutely all data is deleted from the disk, but often it takes quite a lot of time) and fast (less qualitative way in which the disk's contents is cleared, but the data remains and is erased only as new information is written to the disk).
You can perform this operation in Windows 7 using both standard tools and special programs.
How to format a disk with the means of Windows 7
- To get started, click "Start" and select "Run ..."
If there is no such item, you can get to the "Disk Management" window by selecting "Start", "Control Panel", then the "System and Security" tab, then "Administration", and then "Computer Management".
- After this, write in the "Open" field the command "diskmgmt.msc", click on "OK".
- You will see the "Disk Management" window in which you will need to select the disk you need to format - that is, drive C.
- Right-click on it and select the option "Format" in the context menu that opens.
- After that, a window will open in front of you in which you will need to choose the formatting method: actually, fast or full. Choose the method that suits you best (if there are obvious problems with the disk, you should choose the second one).
- After that, wait until the end of the process: when it is completed, you can use the blank C drive, whatever you like: install the operating system there or drop the necessary files.
You can learn more about formatting from the article How to format a hard disk.
Formatting with Acronis Disk Director
Now you can find a lot of programs that allow you to quickly and accurately format hard drives. Perhaps the most famous and common such program is.
Formatting a hard disk using this software is done through the BIOS. First you need to purchase a bootable Acronis Disk Director disk or burn it yourself.
After that, run the disk through the BIOS. To do this you need to insert it into the drive and restart the computer. Once it starts to boot again, run the BIOS: this is done by pressing the "Del" button on the computer keyboard or "F2" on the laptop keyboard.
Important! In more rare cases, the BIOS on laptops is launched using other buttons. If pressing "F2" did not work, look for the button you need to launch in the instructions of your device or try using the methods from the article How to enter the BIOS.
If everything is done correctly, and you press the right button on time, you will see the BIOS screen.
You need to find the item "Boot" in it (this is done with the help of the arrows "right" and "left" on the keyboard, the choice of the item is done by pressing "Enter"). After that, you will have a Boot menu, where you will need to select the "Boot Device Priority" option (this is done using the "down" and "up" arrows on the keyboard).
When you see the list of boot devices, select the "CD-ROM" in it and move it to the first row of the list. Save the changes and close the BIOS. Then you can boot from Acronis Disk Director.
- When the boot disk menu opens before you, select the advanced version of the program: Acronis Disk Director Advanced.
- In front of you you will see the window of the program's boot agent, where you will need to select the item called "Start the management console".
- Then you will see a window in which all available physical hard drives are displayed, as well as logical partitions created on them.
- Select drive C and click on it with the right mouse button, then the context menu will appear in front of you. In it, you will need to select the "Format" item.
- The program can specify additional formatting options. So, in the list called "File System" you will need to select NTFS, and the cluster size is best left to Auto. The volume label is the name of the section, which will then be displayed in Explorer. This field can be left blank. After all changes are made, click on "OK".
- After that, click on the "Apply scheduled operations" button. You will see a window containing a list of operations that will be performed with the disk. Click on "Continue."
- This will start the formatting process. After it is completed, click on "Close".
- Now the disc is fully formatted. You will need to close the program window and click on the "Restart" button to restart the computer.
To avoid reloading Acronis Disk Director, remove the disk from the drive, or again change the boot device priority in the BIOS.
Important! Formatting system disks using Acronis Disk Director or the like has its own nuances.