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Format (Recovery Console)

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What is the Format Command?:

The format command is a Recovery Console command used to format a specified partition to a specified file system.

Note: Floppy disks cannot be formatted from Recovery Console.

A more powerful format command is also available from the Command Prompt.

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.

/fs:file-system = This specifies the file system you want to format the drive: to. The options for file-system include FAT, FAT32, and NTFS.

Format Command Examples:

format e:

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.

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