How to format a removable disk
How to format a removable disk?
With the popularity of mobile devices, removable disks are becoming more and more popular among users. As a very convenient way of storing data, mobile disks are used more and more frequently. However, for first-time users of removable disks, how to format them is a difficult task. Here’s how to format a removable disk.
Why do I need to format a removable disk?
In the process of using removable disks, due to various reasons (e.g. virus attack, accidental power failure, etc.), the data files in the disk may be damaged or lost. At this time, it is necessary to format the removable disk to format and empty the data originally stored in the removable disk, so as to achieve the purpose of recovering data, killing viruses, repairing the file system and so on.
Additionally, if you own a used removable disk, there may be a situation where someone else’s data has not yet been cleared, and at this point you will also need to format it to protect privacy and data security.
Two of the several ways to format a removable disk
1, through the formatting function of Windows
First, we can try to use the formatting function that comes with the Windows system to format the removable disk. The specific method is as follows:
a. Insert the removable disk into your computer.
b. Go to “My Computer”, find the removable disk, right-click the mouse, and select “Format” in the pop-up options.
c. Select the formatting method (e.g., disk capacity, file system, etc.) and click Format.
2. Use third-party formatting tools
When the formatting function of Windows cannot meet the requirements, we can also use some third-party formatting tools. For example, we can use “HPUSBDiskStorageFormatTool” or “Rufus” such software, these software can meet the different formatting needs, and the installation is very easy.
Three things to keep in mind
When formatting a removable disk, you need to pay attention to the following:
1. Back up your data
Formatting a removable disk may result in the loss of data, so be sure to back up important data in advance before formatting it to avoid unnecessary loss.
2. Choose the appropriate formatting method
Different formatting methods may have different effects on removable disks. For example, quick formatting, while faster, may not erase all the data from the disk. Using normal formatting takes longer but ensures that all data in the disk is cleared. Therefore, the choice of formatting method should be based on actual needs.
3. Don’t Format Frequently
Since formatting causes some wear and tear on the disk, don’t format frequently. It is recommended that you format the disk when there is a problem, to avoid affecting the life of the disk due to frequent formatting.
In short, with a removable disk, there are data security issues and life cycle maintenance issues involved. Knowing how to properly format a removable disk is especially important. This article mainly introduces how to format a removable disk and the precautions to be taken, hoping that readers will be able to use removable disks in a safer and more convenient way.
What format should be used to format a removable hard disk
The removable hard disk should be formatted in FAT format, and the formatting method is as follows:
1. Connect the removable hard disk to your computer, and then click on “this computer”.
2. Find the icon of the removable drive and click the right mouse button.
3. Select “Format” in the pop-up menu.
4. A formatting menu will pop up.
5. You can select “File System” to determine the format after formatting.
6. You can also select “Allocate Unit Size”.
7. After setting up, select “Start” to format the removable drive.
What format to choose for hard drive formatting
A hard drive is one of the main storage media of a computer, consisting of one or more platters made of aluminum or glass. The platters are covered with ferromagnetic material. There are solid state drives (SSD disks, a new type of hard disk), mechanical hard drives (HDD traditional hard disk), hybrid hard drives (HHD a new hard disk based on the birth of the traditional mechanical hard disk).
Hard disk formatting is generally selected NTFS format, NTFSexFAT format is mainly memory card flash drive and so on with. Hard disk formatting has FAT32, NTFS, exFAT three formats. exFAT is suitable for flash disk (USB flash drive). exFAT is the upgraded version of FAT32, which is the main breakthrough in limiting the capacity of a single file.
Solid state drives, also known as solid state drives, are hard disks made with arrays of solid-state electronic storage chips, consisting of a control unit and a storage unit. The specification and definition of the interface, functions and usage are the same as those of an ordinary hard disk, and the shape and size of the product are also the same as those of an ordinary hard disk. It is widely used in military, automotive, industrial control, video surveillance, network monitoring, network terminals, electric power, medical, aviation, navigation equipment and other fields. The storage medium of solid state hard disk is divided into flash memory FLASH chip, DRAM two kinds.
Methods to use a computer hard disk as a removable hard disk
1, ready to remove the hard disk and the hard disk box to load the hard disk. You can buy them at digital stores and online.
2, check whether the interface of the hard disk and the interface of the prepared hard disk box match.
3, open the back cover of the hard disk box, gently push to open.
4, will be ready to gently insert the hard disk into the hard disk box, interface alignment, gently press hard to plug.
5. Cover the back cover of the hard disk enclosure, gently push it up and close it.
6. Link the cable connector at the top of the hard disk enclosure and gently close it.
7, data cable USB interface port link computer USB socket, you can realize the data upload and download.
8, complete the data transfer, unplug the data cable, at this time it is equivalent to a mobile hard disk, at any time you can take away the information within the hard disk, and do other backup.