Windows 10: what is the best and safest way to format a storage drive

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  1.    14 Jul 2017 #11

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Lots of great answers, power of the forum. Yes I think of low level and full interchangeably.

    I also do a low level when drive is brand new just to be sure surface is whole.


    Ken
    I found my problem thanks to Bree's reply, after contacting GoodSync I found that in the 2 backup drives there was a saved folder in the _gsdata_ folder that GoodSync creates to have their own "Recycle Bin" in case you ever lose files you can reclaim them from the _gsdata_/Saved folder. both drives had that saved which had duplicate files which made the 2 backup drives double the size of the main drive.

    They told me that the _gsdata_ folder was required for GoodSync to work properly, however, I could delete the "saved" folder if I didn't feel I needed the safety of having those files backed up.

    I see the benefit if someone had one backup drive but I have (3) 2 TB storage drives one is my main storage drive and I use GoodSync to copy that drive to 2 other hard drives so I would have to have 3 drives fail to lose all my data which would be rare. I understand the risk of Ransomware and other data damaging routines (viruses) but as stated above I check my system and storage drive monthly and I am very careful what I open or download. I also feel I have a good Antivirus software that is kept up to date.

    I deleted the saved folders in the 2 backup drives and now all my drives have the same used space and free space, problem solved with the help of Bree and GoodSync confirming the issue. I have been using GoodSync for 7 years and just bought the new version 10, it is a great program that does a lot more than what I need but it does what I need well, especially now that We figured out this problem.

    Now I don't have to format any drives

    Thanks for everyones replies you guys always have the answers and that is why I come here.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    14 Jul 2017 #12

    1) Open Disk Management, the hard drive manager included with all versions of Windows.

    2) With Disk Management now open, locate the drive you want to format from the list at the top.

    3) Once located, right-click or tap-and-hold on the drive and choose Format.... A "Format [drive letter]:" window should appear.

    4) In the Volume label: textbox, either give a name to the drive or leave the name as is. If this is a new drive, Windows will assign the volume label New Volume.I recommend giving a name to the drive so it's easier to identify in the future. For example, if you're planning on using this drive to store movies, name the volume Movies.

    5) For File system: choose NTFS unless you have a specific need to choose another file system.NTFS is always the best file system option to use in Windows unless you have a specific need to choose FAT32. Other FAT file systems are only available as options on drives 2 GB and smaller.

    6) Set the Allocation unit size: set to Default unless there's a specific need to customize it. There are very few reasons to change this.

    7) In Windows 10, 8, and 7, the Perform a quick format option is checked by default but I recommend unchecking the box so a "full" format is done.Yes, a quick format will format the hard drive considerably faster than a standard format, but the benefits usually outweigh the short-term cost (your time) of the full format.Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista: In a standard format, each sector on the hard drive is checked for errors (great for new and older drives) and a one-pass write-zero is also performed (great for previously used drives). A quick format skips the bad sector search and basic data sanitization.Windows XP: In a standard format, each sector is checked for errors. The quick format skips this check. Automatic data wiping during the format process isn't available in Windows XP.

    8) The Enable file and folder compression option is unchecked by default and I recommend keeping it that way.

    9) Tap or click OK at the bottom of the window.

    10) Tap or click OK to the "Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to to keep before formatting. Do you want to continue?" message.

    11) The hard drive format will begin. You can keep track of the drive format by watching the Formatting: xx% progress in the Status field.

    12) The format is complete when the Status changes to Healthy, which will happen a few seconds after the format counter reaches 100%

    13) That's it! You've just formatted or reformatted, your hard drive and you can now use the drive to store files, install programs, backup data... whatever you want.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    14 Jul 2017 #13

    SABL3 said: View Post
    1) Open Disk Management, the hard drive manager included with all versions of Windows.

    2) With Disk Management now open, locate the drive you want to format from the list at the top.

    3) Once located, right-click or tap-and-hold on the drive and choose Format.... A "Format [drive letter]:" window should appear.

    4) In the Volume label: textbox, either give a name to the drive or leave the name as is. If this is a new drive, Windows will assign the volume label New Volume.I recommend giving a name to the drive so it's easier to identify in the future. For example, if you're planning on using this drive to store movies, name the volume Movies.

    5) For File system: choose NTFS unless you have a specific need to choose another file system.NTFS is always the best file system option to use in Windows unless you have a specific need to choose FAT32. Other FAT file systems are only available as options on drives 2 GB and smaller.

    6) Set the Allocation unit size: set to Default unless there's a specific need to customize it. There are very few reasons to change this.

    7) In Windows 10, 8, and 7, the Perform a quick format option is checked by default but I recommend unchecking the box so a "full" format is done.Yes, a quick format will format the hard drive considerably faster than a standard format, but the benefits usually outweigh the short-term cost (your time) of the full format.Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista: In a standard format, each sector on the hard drive is checked for errors (great for new and older drives) and a one-pass write-zero is also performed (great for previously used drives). A quick format skips the bad sector search and basic data sanitization.Windows XP: In a standard format, each sector is checked for errors. The quick format skips this check. Automatic data wiping during the format process isn't available in Windows XP.

    8) The Enable file and folder compression option is unchecked by default and I recommend keeping it that way.

    9) Tap or click OK at the bottom of the window.

    10) Tap or click OK to the "Formatting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to to keep before formatting. Do you want to continue?" message.

    11) The hard drive format will begin. You can keep track of the drive format by watching the Formatting: xx% progress in the Status field.

    12) The format is complete when the Status changes to Healthy, which will happen a few seconds after the format counter reaches 100%

    13) That's it! You've just formatted or reformatted, your hard drive and you can now use the drive to store files, install programs, backup data... whatever you want.
    Thanks, I will keep this for future use, you may not have read my last post I no longer need to format.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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