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Windows 8 includes a built in utility known as Disk Management that can be used to format a hard drive. To format the drive with Disk Management, follow these steps:
1.Right-click on the lower-left corner of the screen and click Disk Management.
2.In the Disk Management window, the lower pane will display a list of available drives. Identify the drive to be partitioned and formatted, and ensure no critical data is on this drive that is not backed up elsewhere. If there is already a partition on the drive, the bar above that drive will appear blue, which indicates the drive is already formatted and may contain data. If there is no critical data on the drive, right-click the bar and click Delete Volume.
NOTE Note: You may need to initialize the drive. If so, please see Answer ID 1018: How to initialize or write a signature to a hard drive or Solid State drive in Windows (7, Vista, XP, 2000).
3.If there is no partition and data on the drive, it will appear as Unallocated, with a black bar on top. Right-click the Unallocated bar and click New Simple Volume.
4.Click Next to proceed.
5.Choose the volume size and click Next. By default, the maximum disk space is already selected.
NOTE Note: To create multiple partitions, select or type a specific number of megabytes (MB) for the first partition and continue to the next step. Once done with this process, create another New Simple Volume in the remaining unallocated space for the next partition. For example, on a 2TB drive, set the volume size to 1000000 (1 TB) and continue to the next step. When done, begin the New Simple Volume process again and select the remaining capacity for another 1TB partition.
6.Assign a drive letter and click Next. By default, this is the next available letter.
7.Set the file system to NTFS and set Allocation unit size to Default. The Volume Label field can be customized. Check the box labeled Perform a quick format and click Next.
8.Click Finish to begin formatting the drive.
9.When complete, the drive will appear with a blue bar as in the image below.