What is the Format Command?:
Note: Floppy disks cannot be formatted from Recovery Console.
Format Command Syntax:
format drive: [/q] [fs:file-system]
drive: = This is the drive letter of the partition you want to format.
/q = This option will "quick format" the drive, meaning it will be formatted without being checked for bad sectors.
Note: Only perform a "quick format" if you've formatted the drive before and are sure it's healthy.
Format Command Examples:
In the above example, the e: drive will be formatted using the existing file system. For example, if the e: drive was already formatted NTFS, entering format e: would format the e: drive NTFS.
format d: /q fs:FAT32
In this example, the format command is used to "quick format" the d: drive to the FAT32 file system.
Format Command Availability:
The format command is available from within the Recovery Console in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Formatting a drive is also possible, without the use of a command, from within any version of Windows. See How To Format a Hard Drive in Windows for more information.
Format Related Commands:
The format command is often used with many other Recovery Console commands.