We all know about the formatting. But, did you know that if you want to transfer files from your Macbook to a Windows 11 PC or vice versa, first you need to format that external hard drive?

A few days back, Microsoft launched its new Windows 11 operating system. However, with this update, the realization of Microsoft’s one of the big dreams that to have a single Windows that can run across all its platforms that overrule the market.

Well, it seems to be true as just after the launch, it already started dominating the market. So, by this, you can easily consider how great this new update is. Anyway, we are not here to talk about Windows 11. So, then because we are here today, let’s talk about it. Today, we are here to help you guys who found it challenging to format their hard drives after upgrading their PC to Windows 11. So, let’s get started with it.

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Multiple Ways to Format Hard Drive on Windows 11

Various methods are available to do this, but the method discussed here is the most authentic and safe to perform. So, you do not need to worry about that. Therefore, why are we here and wasting time talking? So, let’s get started with this.

Method 1: Use File Explorer

You can use File Explorer to do this, and guess what? It is the easiest way that we have for you. Therefore, in case you don’t know how to do this, follow the steps we have mentioned below: 

  1. First of all, connect your hard drive to your Windows 11 PC. 
  2. Then, launch the File Explorer and click on This PC option from the left side of the screen.File Explorer and click on This PC
  3. After that, right-click on the device you have connected to or internal drive and hit the Format button from the open context menu.Right Click and Click on Format Option
  4. Now, the Format dialog box will appear on your screen; therefore, you need to hit the Start button simply.Format dialog box

That’s it. Now, you need to wait until the formatting is completed. Once it gets completed, unplug your hard drive and use it as you want. 

Method 2: Use Storage Settings

You might hear about this method, but anyway, in case you don’t know about this, simply follow the steps we have mentioned below: 

  1. Initially, press the Win+I key all together to open the Windows settings app.windows 11 settings
  2. Now, click on the System tab, and from the right-hand side, click on the Storage option.Storage option
  3. After that, locate and click on the Advanced Storage Settings.Advanced Storage Settings
  4. Now, the Advanced storage settings section is expanded. From that section, select the Disks & Volume option.Disks & Volume option
  5. Then, a list of the connected devices will be opened on the next page. So, click on the device that you want to format and select the properties option.select the properties of drive you want to format
  6. After that, you must scroll down a bit, locate the format button, and click on it.
  7. A format dialog box will appear; you need to hit the Format button again

That’s it. Now, wait for a few minutes depending upon the device’s size that you started formatting. After that, use it as you want. 

Method 3: Use Disk Management 

Many of you may not be familiar with this method. But, yes, you can use the disk management feature of your Windows 11 PC to format your hard drive. Don’t worry if you don’t know the necessary steps to use the disk management feature because we have mentioned all the steps down below. So, follow them carefully.

  1. Firstly, press the Win+R and enter diskmgmt.msc to open the disk management window.diskmgmt.msc
  2. After that, you’ll notice all the connected drives to your PC. 
  3. Now, locate the drive you want to format, right-click on it, and tap on Format Option.right-click on it and tap on Format Option.
  4. After that, the Format dialog box will appear on your screen. Again, you can simply need to press the Ok button. Then, if a confirmation window is prompted, hit the Ok button to initiate the formatting process.Format Drive in Windows 11 Confirmation Option

That’s it. Now, you have to wait for a while until the process gets completed. Then, use your hard drive where you want. 

So, these are some ways that you can use to format your hard drive on your Windows 11 PC. We hope that this informative article has helped you. But, suppose none of the methods work for you, make sure to comment below the problems you are facing while performing them. However, if you are a new visitor and landed on our page for the first time, don’t forget to check out our other informational guide.


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