When a drive has been used in Operation System (OS) different from Windows, for example, Linux, it can get unusable in Windows. Disk Management Windows GUI tool can't handle those disks but DiskPart Windows tool can help clean up and re-partition a drive. The tool is similar to fdisk Linux one with comprehensive functionality.
1. Run the tool typing
diskpart from Windows Command Prompt or Windows Start
Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.19041.1 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. On computer: MAINCOMPUTER DISKPART>
2. Identify an index of a drive
DISKPART> LIST DISK Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- --- Disk 0 Online 931 GB 1024 KB * Disk 1 Online 953 GB 1024 KB * Disk 2 Online 1863 GB 1863 GB
3. Select a drive
Based on size, the drive index is 2.
DISKPART> SELECT DISK 2 Disk 2 is now the selected disk.
4. Clean up drive
Remove all partitions from the drive.
DISKPART> CLEAN DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
if additionally, the drive content has to be removed securely, apply
ALL option. It will take time as it will write to every sector of the disk.
DISKPART> CLEAN ALL DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
5. Create a new primary partition
DISKPART> CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
6. Format the drive
A list of file systems is FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT.
quick option allows to complete it very fast
DISKPART> FORMAT fs=exFAT quick 100 percent completed DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.
7. Assign a letter to access the drive in Windows
DISKPART> ASSIGN DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
8. Close DiskPart tool
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