Formatting NTFS for Windows
- Click the Start Button
- Right Click on “Computer”
- Left-click “Manage,” Then select “Disk Management” in Computer Management.
- Identify the Disk Number for your drive, in the example it is listed as Disk 2, however the drive may be listed as Disk 1, Disk 2, Disk 3, etc. Disk 0 is usually reserved for your OS drive C:
- Once you have verified the disk number for your drive, go to the Start menu and type CMD in the Search box.
Click the CMD program to launch the Command Prompt.
- In the Command prompt window, type DISKPART, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
- In the DISKPART window, type Select disk #, where # is the number of the disk in Disk Management. In the example it is Disk 2. Then press Enter on your keyboard.
- The window will confirm that the disk number you have input is now the selected disk.
*The next portion of this step will erase the selected drive without confirmation. Please be sure that you have selected the right Disk number*
Type Clean and press enter to erase the Mac partitioning from the drive.
- Click the X button to close the Diskpart window.
- In Disk Management the disk will show as Not Initialized, with the partition showing as Unallocated.
- Right-click on the Disk Number and select Initialize Disk
- In the Initialize Disk window, the disk to be initialized will be selected. Choose the appropriate partition style for your drive. GPT (GUID Partition Table) is required for drives over 2TB in capacity. In the example, the disk being formatted is only 500GB, so MBR (Master Boot Record) will be used. Click OK to complete Disk Initialization.
- The disk will now show as Online. Right-Click the now “Unallocated” partition and click New Simple Volume.
- Click “Next” on the New Simple Volume Wizard
- The Volume Size will be set to maximum by default, Click Next
- The Drive letter can be adjusted to whatever letter you would like, in the example, it has been set to Q. Click Next to continue.
- Change the “File system” to NTFS, and then change the “Volume Label” to whatever you would like, it has been changed to G-Drive in the example below. Verify that “Perform a quick format” is checked, and then click Next.
- Verify that the settings are correct, and then click Finish to begin the format of your drive.
- Shortly after clicking Finish, the formatting will complete, and the drive will show in Disk Management, as well as in Computer and be ready to use.