Using a hard drive, or even a flash drive or media like a CD, DVD, or BD disc, is a kind of given in that they often just "work." But when you're replacing something like a hard drive, or you're ready to dispose of it, there are lots of things to consider like formatting, partitioning, and more.
Below you'll find several how-to's and walkthroughs for hard drive, flash drive, and other drive related tasks, mostly in Windows:
How Do I Change a Drive Letter in Windows?
It's very easy to change drive letter assignments in Windows. You can change a drive letter using the Disk Management tool.
How Do I Format a Hard Drive?
Directions on formatting a hard drive in Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?
Operating system specific tutorials on opening Disk Management, a storage device utility in Windows.
How Do I Partition a Hard Drive in Windows?
You must partition a hard drive before Windows can use the drive. Disk Manager is the best tool to use to partition a hard drive in Windows.
How To Completely Erase a Hard Drive
A few different ways to completely remove the data from a hard drive forever.
How To Format C
Several ways to format the C drive, or whatever drive the operating system is located on.
How To Format C From a System Repair Disc
One way to format C is by using the format command from the Command Prompt, accessible from outside of Windows via a System Repair Disc.
How To Format C From a Windows Setup Disc
How to use a Windows 7 or Vista Setup DVD to format the C drive.
How To Format C From Recovery Console
Instructions on formatting C from the Recovery Console on a Windows XP or 2000 Setup disc.
How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt
Easy tutorial on opening the Disk Management utility in Windows by executing a specific command.
How To Wipe a Hard Drive
Tutorial on completely erasing the data on a hard drive.
How To Use the Format Command to Write Zeros to a Hard Drive
Instructions on using the format command with specific switches to write zeros over a drive.
How To Find the Volume Label of a Drive From the Command Prompt
Instructions on using the vol command to display the volume label of a drive.