Formatting Windows 8 drives is a very easy method to go through. All you need is a bit of patience in following the steps. You can format any drive connected to your device but you cannot format the drive with the Windows 8 files in it. This is the article which will explain the different steps on how to format your Windows 8 using USB/CD.
If you want to format the drive with the Windows 8 files in it, firstly, you need to copy your files properly into some other device. This allows to access your files even though you have formatted your disk. Secondly, as you cannot format your drive with windows files in it, you’ll need to either start an operating system installation so that the drive is formatted. This can be done by using the Windows 8 installation CD or any USB drive with the Windows 8 installation files in it.
Formatting Windows 8 using USB/CD
To format Windows 8 drives, thereby we need to have the Windows 8 installation USB/CD with windows 8 installation files in it. Here are a series of simple and efficient steps to follow if you want to Format your Windows 8 system.
Formatting Windows 8 using USB/CD
- Back up your Data
Firstly you need to back up your data as formatting the Windows 8 drive would completely delete your drives. You can back up your data by these two methods. Click on Windows>Settings>Updates and Security>Back up>Back up using file history>Add a drive>Back up now. You can also connect an external hard disk/drive to transfer your files onto it.
- Insert your Windows 8 CD/USB
Now, insert your Windows 8 CD/USB in which the windows 8 installation files are present. Thereby, you can start the Windows 8 format process.
- Restart your computer
After inserting the installation driver of your choice, restart your computer.
- Open Windows 8 BIOS menu
Now while the system is undergoing restart process, Click on the BIOS toggle keys allotted to your system. This will open the BIOS menu in Windows 8 in which you can format and reinstall your Windows 8.
- Click on BOOT menu in BIOS
Go to BOOT menu in the BIOS. You will find options to change the booting order by the Windows. Change the order to your priority either CD/USB. The option within the first place will undergo the Windows 8 booting thereby allowing you to Install/format windows 8.
- Save and Exit
After rearranging the booting order for Windows 8 do not forget to save and exit. If you don’t save the process you’ll have to go through the process again. You’ll now be exited from the BIOS.
- Install windows
You’ll be prompted to press any key to boot from the USB/CD. Press any key and you’ll enter the Windows Installation menu. Enter your product key. This is a 25 character key which is provided to you by Windows via email when purchased or you can either find it on your Installation disc.
- Type of Installation
Select the type of Installation you would like to go with. As we need to format the windows 8, select the Custom install.
- Click Drive options(Advanced)
After clicking on the custom installation, you’ll find your drives. Select a drive which you want to format and then click on drive options(advanced).
- Click Format
Click on the format option in the advanced drive options. This will format your drive. This will format the drive using the NTFS file system, which is the file system used by the Windows operating system.
- Click on Next
Proceed with the Windows Installation by clicking on next. Therefore this will complete your Windows 8 installation process after formatting the required disk.
Therefore the Windows 8 formatting using USB/CD is complete. You need to boot with the USB in place of CD to format and reinstall your Windows 8. The process is the same for both.
The above are the few simple steps to format your Windows 8 using USB/CD. For more of interesting and amazing tech articles and reviews visit Morphigo.com. Comment your views below and share the content. Cheers!
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