Can I format new hard drive, create new partition/volume in Windows 8.1/10?
To format new hard drive or partition in Windows 8.1 / 10, please start the diskmgmt.msc!
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See also: ► Display the full path in the title bar of Win 8.1 ms-explorer!
1.) The handling of new hard disks under Windows!
Please use the key combination [Windows Logo] + [R], then just type the command:
diskmgmt.msc and press [ENTER] to open the Disk-Management in Windows-8 or [Windows Logo] + [X]
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Press and hold or right-click an unallocated region on your hard drive and then click or tap New Simple Volume.
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You can reformat the hard drive in windows 8 or shrink Volume.
Press and hold or right-click on located region and then click or tap Format. [... see Image 2 Arrow-1]
(Image-1) Create new volume in Windows-8.
(Image-1) Format new partition or shrink Volume in Windows-8.
2.) What should I pay attention to in the hard disk format?
Beware of NTFS and exFat!
NTFS and exFat is supported on Windows 10, 8, 7, Server 2008-2016. Meanwhile, there should also be support on Linux and Appel's Mac OS. Here you should check with external hard drives if the other operating systems also support the appropriate hard disk format.
To sum up: NTFS is great for a Windows system disk, exFAT is better for use on removable media, and FAT32 should only be used if you want maximum compatibility with the variety of your devices.
FAQ 75: Updated on: 7 July 2018 19:45
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