How to Quick Format a Drive or Removable Media in Windows

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In order to quick format a drive, open up the drive under "My Computer," select the drive and click on "Format." Do a quick format on a drive and empty the drive of all of its files with help from a software developer in this free video on computer drive formatting.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to quick format a drive or removable media in Windows. I have here a little compact flashcard and I also have a compact flashcard reader device that's plugged into my computer by USB. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to plug this compact card into the reader and then I'm going to do a quick format on it. So let's slide this into our card reader here. Got to get it orientated correctly. Make sure it's plugged into the computer. Now once that card has been inserted, it's going to tell me what drive letter it is. Now it's important that I remember that, this is removable disk G. I'm going to close this then I'm going to click on the Start button and I'm going to go to computer or my computer on Windows XP. Let's scroll down until we find that G drive and if I open it up, it's a good idea before you format that you actually open up the drive and see if there's anything that you would like to save. In this case, there's not so I'm going to go back. Basically I'm going to right click on the drive there, make sure I have the right one selected and I'm going to click on format. That's going to tell me the size of the drive, it's going to allow me to choose what file system I would like to put on there. Now NTFS is the newest one that is out by Windows, it's what runs or Microsoft rather, and it's what runs Windows XP and Windows Vista. Now FAT and FAT32 are older versions but they allow the capability of plugging into different operating systems. I'm going to keep it with FAT and now I'm going to choose to do a quick format. Now basically that will go and format the contents of the disk without checking every single byte on the device for problems. If you think there might be problems with that card, you wouldn't want to do that, just leave it unchecked but I don't think there are so I'm going to check that, I'm going to click start. It's going to warn me it's going to erase all the data and that format is now complete. If I click close and open it back up, the drive is now completely empty and ready for new files. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to quick format a removable media drive.


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