External hard drives are of great help when you are looking to expand your storage space. However, you can’t begin transferring data from your PC to an external hard drive after taking the hard drive out of the box. You will have to format the external hard drive in order to make it compatible with the operating system installed on your PC. By formatting your external drive, all the non-physical errors on the drive will also be fixed. So, let’s find out how to format the external hard drive for PC.
1. Start off with plugging your hard drive into the PC, which you can by inserting the USB cable connected with the hard drive into the USB port on your computer. If the CPU doesn’t have a USB port on the front side, then there will definitely be a couple available at the back.
2. Turn on your computer, then click the ‘Start’ button that is given on the bottom left corner of the screen. You can press the ‘Windows’ button on the keyboard to open the ‘Start’ menu.
3. In the ‘Start’ menu, you will have to click the option labeled as ‘This PC’. Alternatively, if you have a shortcut to ‘My Computer’ on the desktop, you can double click on that icon, as both will open the same page.
4. Click the external hard drive’s name, which you can find under ‘Devices & Drives’ heading. When you click the drive, it will be selected.
5. Now, you will have to click the ‘Manage’ tab, which you can find at the top-left side of ‘This PC’ Window.
6. You will see an icon named ‘Format’ in the ‘Manage’ toolbar near the top of the screen. When you click ‘Format’, a format window will open for the external hard drive.
7. Click ‘File System’ box, which you can find beneath ‘File System’ near the top of the page. When you do so, a drop-down menu will appear with the following options:
a. FAT32: Works on Windows & Mac, but comes with a storage limit of 32 GB with an individual file size of 4 GB.
b. NTFS: The file system is only used for Windows-only drives.
c. exFAT (Recommended): Select this file system for hard drives that you wish to use with multiple devices. The file system is similar to FAT32 but doesn’t come with a storage limit.
8. Select a format that you would like to use the hard drive with. If you’ve formatted the hard drive before, then you will have to check the box corresponding to ‘Quick Format’ option.
9. Now, click ‘Start’ and then ‘OK’ in order to initiate the process of hard drive formatting. All the files that are stored in your external hard drive will be erased during the process.
10. Click ‘OK’ when prompted. Your external hard drive is now formatted to your selected file structure. You can now begin with data transfer from your PC to the external hard drive.
This was the entire process of how to format external hard drive for PC. It is a straightforward process, which can be done without taking anybody’s help, as you just need to follow the aforementioned steps in the same order in which those are given.