Free Software to Format Hard Drive to FAT32/NTFS in Windows

February 14, 2017

Want to format a hard drive in your Windows 10 or 7? This format hard drive free software will help you format hard drive and partition to FAT32 or NTFS in a few clicks.

Why to format hard drive?

In general, we don't advocate formatting the hard drive because it will lose the data we need. But in some cases, it becomes very necessary. If we want to sell our computer, we need to wipe the hard drive; if we are setting a new drive for the first time, we need to empty all data; if the drive is damaged or even corrupted, we need to repair it; and if lots of viruses and Trojan horse have invaded and influences the computer's running seriously, we need to format the drive immediately to solve the problem. What’s more, if change disk between Windows XP and Windows 7 or later, we need to format hard drive to FAT32 or NTFS to suit the operating system.

However, there is one point we should be clear first and most important. That is: even though the process of formatting is simple and easy and it can solve some problems like removing the viruses, expand storage space, we should still be careful and make a good preparation in case some unnecessary troubles come to us later.

Before you format hard drive in Windows 10/7

As it has stated above, this is a skillful job, so in order to not have troubles back at home, prepare following preparations cautiously. Firstly, think over what data we will need or we don't want to lose; then backup them to a particular drive. After the process is finished, we can archive or copy them on our new hard drive.

In addition, to format hard drive on laptop, a bootable USB drive is necessary. The hard drive contains OS files and format is not allowed under Windows environment.

How to format hard drive in Windows?

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free partition program that will assist you format any hard drive. It is available to create a bootable USB just in case you’re using laptop like HP Pavilion. Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista are supported, so feel free to download it and have a try.

Launch the software, right click on the volume we want to format in the main console (Here drive F is taken an example.), then select "Format Partition". In the pop-up window, we can set the partition label, file system and cluster size (Here the Default size is suggested, because too big or too small may brings some drawbacks.), then click "OK". Of course, finally click the option "Apply" on the toolbar to execute our operation.

Format F volume


  • To format the entire hard drive, please repeat above steps. Or, you can “Wipe Hard Drive” or “Delete All Partitions” to erase all data. Then create new simple volume with your desire file systems etc.

  • Be aware of that this operation will remove all data existed, so pay attention to the preparations and make sure all useful information are backed-up before doing it.

  • NTFS file system can support the files bigger than 4GB while FAT32 cannot, so think clearly which file system to choose based on the file's size.

Apart from the function of format hard drive, the partition manger freeware has many other features, such as resize volume, reformat a hard drive, and delete volume and so on. Now learn more about AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to make your computer performance better.