- To format your drive to use on a Windows 8, open the Disk Management. To easily access Disk Management, on your keyboard, hit Win (The Windows Button on your keyboard) + X to pull up the Power User Menu,which will pop up from the lower left hand of your screen, then click on Disk Management.
- Once you have Disk Management open, look for the Disk number for your drive. In our example, the drive we want to format is Disk 1. The Disk number for your drive may be different, depending on how many drives you have installed on your computer.
- Once you know that Disk number your drive is, open a Command Prompt. To do that, again hit Win + X to open the Power User Menu, and click on Command Prompt (Admin). Keep the Disk Management window open, we will go back to it later.
- A command window will appear. Type in DISKPART, and hit enter.
- You should now have DISKPART>. Type in SELECT DISK #, where # is the Disk number of the drive you want to format. In our example, it is Disk 1. Once you have typed that in, press ENTER.
- You will get a message saying Disk # is now the selected disk. Keep in mind that the next step will erase all the data on the drive. Make sure that you have your data backed up to another location and that the correct disk number is selected. Once you see that message, type in CLEAN and hit ENTER.
- You will then get a message that DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk. Close the Command Prompt and go back to Disk Management and locate your Disk number. The disk will show as Not Initialized and the partition as Unallocated.
- Right click in the box where is says Not Initialized and click on Initialize Disk.
- The Initialize Disk window appears. Choose the Partition Style for the drive. If your drive is less than 2TB, choose MBR (Master Boot Record). If your drive is more than 2TB, choose GPT (GUID Partition Table). In our example, the drive is less than 2TB, so we will choose MBR. Click OK to initialize the disk.
- The disk will show as Online. Right click Unallocated partition, and choose New Simple Volume…
- The New Simple Volume Wizard will appear. Click on Next to continue.
- You will now be asked to Specify Volume Size. By default, the maximum volume size will be set. Click on Next to continue.
- You will now be asked to assign a drive letter for the drive. In our example, the drive letter is E, but you can change that if you like. Click on Next to continue.
- In the next screen, make sure Format this volume with the following settings: is clicked, and make sure that File system says NTFS. You can change the Volume label to whatever you want. In our example, we named the drive G-DRIVE Mini. Make sure that there is a check next to Perform a quick format, then click on Next to continue.
- Verify that the settings are correct. Once you have verified the settings, click on Finish to begin the formatting process.
- Once the formatting process has completed, you will see your drive in Computer and the drive is ready to be used.