How to Format a Hard-Drive with NTFS the Right Way

How to Format a Hard-Drive with NTFS the Right Way
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Part 1: What is NTFS Format?

NTFS or New Technology File System is the default file format system for Windows ever since the introduction of Windows XP. It supports storage of larger individual files, security permission for files, encrypts them, allows you to recover previous versions of data and create backups.

Part 2: How do I Format Hard Disk to NTFS?

Format to NTFS using Diskpart in Command Prompt:

To format the hard drive to NTFS using cmd is relatively simple and does not require much technical knowledge.

  • Open the command prompt by hitting the Windows key+R and simply typing cmd in the dialogue box. You can also run the application by typing cmd in the taskbar.

  • Enter Diskpart to initiate the disk partition mode.
  • Hit list disk command to display all the available volumes on the computer.
  • Select your disk by entering select disk 2. You can write any number depending on where your drive is listed.
  • Enter clean to remove the partition or volume associated with the disk in focus.
  • Once disk partition cleans the drive, enter create partition primary.
  • Experts recommend to perform a conventional format than “quick format,” but it is entirely up to you. Enter the command format fs=ntfs or format fs=ntfs quick (for quick format).
  • You’ll be notified once the utility completes the format.
  • Enter Exit to leave the Diskpart mode.