Format is the process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, or USB flash drive for initial use to accept Windows files.
You can select to use a FAT, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, or REFS file system when formatting.
You can select to do a quick or full format.
- Full format – Files are removed (not overwritten) from the volume that you are formatting and the drive is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is the reason why the Full format takes twice as long as the Quick format.
- Quick format – Files are removed (not overwritten) from the volume that you are formatting, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.
This tutorial will show you different ways on how to format a disk or drive in Windows 10.