Although it might seem like a tedious process, it’s not, and Windows 11 includes several ways to format a drive using the Settings app, File Explorer, Disk Management, Command Prompt and PowerShell.
On Windows 11, depending on whether the HDD or SSD already has a partition or not, the format steps will be slightly different.
Format drive with existing partition
To format an internal or external drive with an existing partition on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click the Storage page on the right side.
- Click on Advanced storage settings.
- Click the Disks & volumes setting.