How to Format a Toshiba External Hard Drive

Written by steven diggs, jr.
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How to Format a Toshiba External Hard Drive
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External hard drives plug into an electrical socket and connect to a computer through a USB port. Toshiba external hard drives are no different. If your Toshiba external hard drive begins accessing information slower than it once did or a virus has infected the drive, you can format the drive through Windows. This will reset the drive to its previous settings, allowing it to work with no hiccups.

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  1. 1

    Plug the Toshiba external hard drive into the wall socket, and then plug its USB port into an open slot on a computer.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and click "My Computer."

  3. 3

    Right-click the external hard drive and click "Format."

  4. 4

    Click the "Format" button, but leave the settings as they are because changing them will change how the drive functions.

  1. 1

    Plug the external hard drive into an electrical socket, and then connect the drive's USB cable to a computer.

  2. 2

    Click the button sporting the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner to bring up the Start menu. Click "Control Panel" and choose "System and Security" if you are working in Windows 7 or "System and Maintenance" if your system runs Windows Vista. Click "Administrative Tools." Double-click the "Computer Management" option.

  3. 3

    Click the "Disk Management" icon underneath "Storage" inside the left pane.

  4. 4

    Right-click the Toshiba External hard drive and select "Format" from the context menu.

  5. 5

    Click the "Format" button. Do not change any of the settings, because this will cause the drive to function differently.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a backup of all of your important files.
  • Formatting the drive will wipe your data off the drive.

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