ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Re-Format Hard Drive by deleting old drive in Windows XP format?

Updated on March 2, 2009

Formatting Hard-Drive

From your question I'm assuming you want to format a secondary harddrive through windows ( the harddrive without the operating system installed on it)

Here's the way to do it

In this example I have Windows XP installed on the C:/ drive and want to format the F:/ Drive through Windows XP. This can be done in two ways either via command prompt or simply through inbuilt windows options.

I have answered a very similar question in another hub so it may help your out but I was happy to do another one. How to Format and Install Windows Operating System

Format Hard Drive

Right Click the drive you want to format / re-format and select format

A window will then pop-up displaying a few options the only things you need to worry about are

File System - Select NTFS , a lot faster than Fat32, Fat16 etc

Quick Format - Select Quick Format to speed up the format proccess

then Click START and you should've successfully formatted your hard-drive

Cant Seem to Format ?

If you have trouble formatting for any reason or a message pops up that says cannot complete the proccess or something along those lines usually this means a process or program is being run form that harddrive and windows is unable to complete the format while these files are in use. Best option is to restart your computer and make sure you don't open any files or programs and try the format steps above.

If you have programs installed on the harddrive you wish to format make sure you close them and any proccesses they may be running through your system tray or with task manager.

Format Through Command Line Interface

The other method of formatting is via your command prompt or command line interface and the steps are as follows.

Click Start then Run

When the Windows pops up Type cmd and hit ENTER

Once in the command line interface type Format followed by your drive letter for example to format drive F:/ type Format F:/


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Hosted Pbx 

      5 years ago

      The blog tell the steps for the formatting of Hard drive seems to be correct and hopes and will prove vital in formatting the drive.

    • expectus profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Land Downunder

      Hey Reggie, sorry for the delayed reply. Sounds like your harddrive may dead or the connector is loose if its not detecting the drive

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      My probook 6560b was wipe by my son I ordered a Windows installation but it wont allow me to install. It say no driver is found. Need help please

    • profile image

      cloud pbx Chilliwack 

      6 years ago

      Hey nice blog, it's really very helpful. I am also wanted to format my laptops drive & I think that your blog is help me a lots. Thanks for sharing this.

    • expectus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Land Downunder


    • matryx profile image

      Ron Cripps 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Hey Awesome hub....

    • expectus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Land Downunder

      No worries , happy to help :)

    • Trsmd profile image


      9 years ago from India

      good response and easy way to do for my request..


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)