How to Quick Format Drive to FAT32 or NTFS in Windows 10?

February 23, 2017

With the free partition manager—AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, you can quick format hard drive partition to FAT32 or NTFS before you can use it in Windows 7/8/10.

Why do you format drive?

Do you want to set a new hard drive? Do you wish to get rid of errors from the drives? Do you intend to eliminate the nasty virus? Do you feel like to wipe hard drive before you sell your computer? Most of the computer users will say "Yes"! When it comes to these questions, the first thing comes into your mind is to format drive. Formatting drive becomes more and more important in our daily life and it can avoid several troubles in the computer. It is the simple way to solve all of the problems completely and clean the data quickly. Meanwhile, it can make a room for files and programs. Thus, it is necessary for computer users to learn how to deal with it.

Although this method can bring many benefits, you still need to take it into consideration before using it, because everything on the drives will be lost. So, please make sure you have backed up all the important files, data and programs. Yet, when the virus has led to extremely serious system damages, it seems impossible to do like that, but if you backed up before, it will be a piece of cake to recover them.

How to format drive in Windows 10?

Here, I highly recommend you a free partition manager — AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition which allows you to format drive to FAT32 or NTFS on the hard drive. It is easy to handle, even for a novice. To some extent, it will give a big hand for many computer users. Only a few clicks, the task can be finished. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant supports quick format a hard drive, so you can use it before cloning or things like that. Now, let’s quickly come to the steps:

Step 1: Please download this partition freeware firstly, and run it. You will see the whole disk information.

Step 2: Here, choose E: as an example. Right-click E: and select "Format Partition". Then, a window pops up. Select "OK" to go on. Actually, there are options for file system and cluster size, but the system will default these information. You’d better do not change them in case of bringing troubles afterwards.

Format Partition

Step 3: Click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the task.


  1. This operation will delete all the information on the drive, so backup essential files and data in advance.
  2. Because the file system of FAT32 only can be 4GB at most, it is wise to choose NTFS to format if you want to keep some files bigger than 4GB.

  3. Above methods also can be used in formatting drive in Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista.

Apart from this feature, you can also use it to resize/move/merge/split partition, allocate free space, etc. what’s more, you have options to create bootable device. So when your system fails, you can boot it with the device and copy important data to safe place. Also, you can transfer OS to new hard drive with “Migrate OS to SSD” feature. To solve the partition problems, you can ask the free partition software for help.