How to format a Drive using the Command Prompt in Windows 7
Description: If formatting a drive through Windows is unsuccessful, the Command Line becomes a very useful tool to complete the process.
- Open the Elevated Command Prompt by going to Start » All Programs » Accessories » Right-Click on
Command Prompt and click Run as administrator. A prompt will appear for Administrator Access. Click
Yes to allow.
- Once in Command Prompt, type in Format X: (X being the drive to be formatted. If it’s a removable drive, make sure it is connected) and hit
Enter. A confirmation will appear. Press Enter again.
- The formatting will begin. Depending on the size of the drive, it could take quite some time. The ETA is determined by the percentage completed.
- Once completed with the format, it will allow the Volume Label to be set or changed. To change it, type in the label desired. To proceed or skip, hit Enter.
- The format has now been completed and will display a summary of the drive. To exit, click the X in the top right corner, or, type Exit into the Command Line.