It is common to format the hard disk to install Windows for those using a computer or laptop. The process to format a hard drive is quite simple, whether you are using an older system or a new laptop. The formatting needs the user to open the Disk Management of Windows 10, select the drive to format, and click to confirm. However, many people get scared on the name of the Hard Drive format, especially when the drive to format has the operating system installed or when the user is unable to access the operating system. It is a situation when people usually try to find the method to format a hard drive with the help of the BIOS system.
If you are also looking for the same, then you are reading the right article. You will get guidance on different methods to format the hard drive. Let us get started to understand how to format a hard drive from bios.
Can We Format Hard Drive From BIOS?
If you are thinking of formatting a hard drive from BIOS settings, you are wrong because you cannot do so. BIOS is a program convenient to the microprocessor on an indelible memory chip. BIOS is a crucial part of the PC. Whenever you boot up the PC, BIOS ensures if all attachments are operational and in place. It also stores the Operating System into the random access memory from the hard drive of your PC.
BIOS only helps to detect the hard drive and lets the users boot up the PC from it. It later helps the users to format the hard disk. Now it is sure that one cannot format a hard drive from BIOS. Still, thousands of users look for other ways of formatting hard drives. Let us check the reasons why users go for it:
Reinstalling The Operating System: Format C partition is needed to reinstall the Operating System, but if the PC is commonly booted, the format C can’t get executed.
Something acts up with the bootable partition, and the PC can’t boot from it correctly.
Formatting The System Disk Or System Partition: If the PC gets booted from the hard drive, you can’t format the system disk or system partition. It is because the Operating System gets installed on the hard drive.
Format Hard Drive from BIOS Using Windows Installation Media:
You can format the system partition using a DVD or USB flash drive (Windows Installation Media) and install new Windows. You can also reinstall Windows 10, format System Partition, or clean installation using Windows Installation Media.
You may need the help of the Windows Media Creation Tool in order to create the bootable USB or DVD. If you have already created Windows Installation Media through Media Creation Tool (a bootable USB flash drive or DVD), read for further steps.
Now you can format hard drives from BIOS while installing Windows or via Command Prompt using Windows Installation Media. To know it in a better way, check out the below steps:
- To create a Boot Disk, you can use a USB flash drive or CD/DVD
- Choose an appropriate method to install media or create a boot disk, i.e., USB flash drive or CD/DVD. You can use a USB flash drive if your PC does not contain a CD drive. It requires only 8 GB of space in your computer. But the DVD users may require setting down the use of DL media.
- You can download a suitable version of Windows from the official website of Microsoft. It requires the product key of your Windows. You can also buy it if you do not have this.
- The users, having Windows 10, have to open Windows 10 download page and download it by just clicking on the “Download Tool Now” option. Once it gets done, you need to select ‘Run’.
- Now click to accept the terms and conditions and choose an option to create the Windows Installation Media for another computer.
- Now choose all the options for an additional setup that you require. It includes Windows’ architecture and version.
- Now select the media device you have already chosen and wait until the completion of this process.
Format Hard Drive from BIOS Using MiniTool Boot Manager:
MiniTool Boot Manager is one of the best options to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive to format hard drive from BIOS.
It is a professional boot manager that assists users in backing up files to another drive in order to upgrade the hard drive without reinstalling Windows, and it also secures data.
As compared to Windows Installation Media, the bootable media created by MiniTool Partition Wizard allows you to take up the MiniTool Recovery Environment in place of Win-PE. Also, there is no need to find out the system partition as MiniTool directly shows it in the main interface, and it is the most integral part of it.
If you want to format the system partition through this appropriate tool, then follow the below instructions:
Method 1: Create Bootable CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive
First of all, you must create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive as both the media can be created almost in the same way. Check out the below steps to create a bootable USB:
Step 1: Get a USB, having sufficient space to store the bootable media, and attach it to a working PC. Now run MiniTool Partition Wizard in order to get the interface and hit a click on Bootable Media from the Tool Bar.
Step 2: Now, a window will pop up showing the “Win-PE-based Media with MiniTool Plug-In” option, and click on it.
Step 3: Now, pick a destination path for the bootable media. You also need to select USB Flash Disk for creating a bootable USB, as shown below in the screenshot.
Step 4: You can check the bootable USB flash drive creation process in the interface in the following image. Once the process gets done, click on the “Finish” button.
Method 2: Format Hard Drive
Once the bootable USB creation process gets done, you need to connect it to the PC to format hard drive from BIOS. You have to set it as the first boot device in BIOS in order to boot from the bootable USB flash drive. Now you can easily format the hard drive by following the below instructions:
Step 1: After a successful booting, MiniTool Partition Wizard will automatically get launched. If there is an issue, click Partition Wizard of the list given on the below page in order to launch the Win-PE-based program.
Step 2: Choose the system partition you need to format in the main interface. Now click on the “Format Partition”. On the other hand, you can also choose Format by right-clicking it.
Step 3: For the formatted system partition, you need to set Cluster Size, File System, and Set Partition Label and push the OK button.
Step 4: Hit a click on the “Apply” button in order to confirm the unresolved operations.
Advice: You can also utilize MiniTool Partition Wizard to re-establish the partition’s lost data after formatting.
Method 3: Format Hard Drive from BIOS using CMD (Command Prompt)
Users can go for the Command Prompt to format the system partition using Windows Installation Media. Formatting the system partition can easily be performed with some simple commands. But if you try to look for the system partition in Command Prompt, things may get a bit knotty, sometimes. You can have a look below to know more about it:
Step 1: By setting the Installation media as a boot drive in BIOS settings, you can boot the PC from it.
Step 2: After loading a Windows Setup, a Windows Setup window will appear, as shown in the below-given screenshots. You can select Language, Keyboard, Current Format, and Time as per your preference and go ahead after clicking on the “Next” button.
Step 3: Hit a click on the “Repair your computer” option given on the screen.
Step 4: Now click on “Troubleshoot” among four options given in the below screenshot.
Step 5: It will redirect you to a new page named “Advanced Options” where you have to choose the “Command Prompt” option and hit a click to open it.
Step 6: Firstly, you must look for the system partition because, instead of starting with the letter C, it may get displayed with another drive letter. To find it out, you need to type some commands as given below and push Enter button after each Command:
- exit(to exit diskpart.exe)
- diskpart (to enter diskpart.exe)
- List volume (to list all the existing Volume)
- dir F: (to list the directory of the chosen Volume. You can replace F: with the drive letters of an existing Volume.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's)
How can I format hard drive from BIOS Settings?
You cannot format any hard drive from BIOS settings as these settings are unable to do so. But you can boot the PC by creating a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD after you change the BIOS settings. That is how you can format hard drive. Utilizing any professional third-party formatter can also work in formatting hard drives.
How Can I entirely format a hard drive?
If you are willing to store the entire data on the hard drive, then performing format a hard drive is not a proper solution as anyone can steal your personal data and restore it after the format hard drive. MiniTool Partition Wizard facilitates a Wipe Partition feature that can help you clean your entire data. You need to choose the target drive and select the Wipe Partition feature immediately after it launches. Now select a wiping option and hit the OK button, and Apply to perform wiping.
Why do I require to format hard drive from BIOS?
Below are some reasons why many users find the appropriate ways to format hard drive from BIOS:
- The users want to format the system partition of drive C. It is impossible to format drive C if you are booting the PC from hard drive. This is because the C drive contains the Operating System, which cannot be formatted.
- If the bootable partition goes wrong due to any reason, then the computer can’t boot from the hard disk in such a situation. Thus the users want to change BIOS settings in order to boot up the PC from a bootable USB flash drive or DVD.
How Can I format a hard drive in Windows 10?
Windows 10 contains a built-in tool named Disk Management, which you can utilize to format a hard drive. Check out the below steps to understand how to do it in Windows 10:
- You have to press Windows + R, input diskmgmt.msc, and hit the OK button.
- You need to right-click the hard drive you require to format and select Format.
- Now, you need to confirm the File system and Volume label for the hard drive.
- Now check to Perform a rapid format.
- Hit the OK button to start formatting the hard drive.
How Can I format a hard drive from Command Prompt (CMD)?
It is not a hard task to format hard drive from Command Prompt. What you actually have to do, is to execute the commands given below:
- Last Partition
- List disk
- Format fs = NTFS quick
- Select disk *
- Select partition *
Here, * refers to partition or hard disk number.
Finally, after executing these commands, the selected hard drive gets formatted to the NTFS file system.
Formatting a hard drive is sometimes necessary to maintain the PC or to make it ready for some specific requirements. Using BIOS to format hardware is a common misconception that is present in a lot of people’s heads. As a user, you must understand that BIOS doesn’t have the capability for doing that. So, when we are talking about formatting our hard drive, this means we are trying to erase it from BIOS. You can use any of the methods on how to reformat a hard drive from Bios mentioned in this article. Moreover, for people who are using updated Windows versions, the process simpler and easier.