Below is a quick guide to illustrate how we can format a disk using diskpart.
First open the command prompt (if booting from Windows install media you may be able to open the command prompt by pressing
In your command prompt, type
diskpart to enter the diskpart utility. Your input cursor should now look like
DISKPART> and you are ready to run the commands below:
// list all disks connected to your computer list disk // select the disk you wish to format. Replace X below with the number you see from list disk select disk X // marks everything on the disk to be deleted // you could also use "clean all" to actually delete it, but this will take a while clean // convert disk to MBR - you could also change mbr with gpt convert mbr // create a new primary partition create partition primary // select the newly created partition select part 1 // make it active if this is the boot partition active // format it to NTFS fileystem and set label to whatever you wish format fs=ntfs label=X quick // assign a letter to the partition, typically C for the Windows drive assign letter C // list volumes to verify the results list vol
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