Hard Disk, SSD and USB flash drive Disk Management in Windows 7/8.1/10
In Windows 7/8.1/10, you can access all of the installed drives – hard disk, SSD, flash drive(s) and CD/DVD drives – via Computer and Disk Management. Both of those areas of Windows provide options that allow you to format (delete all of the files), view the files, use tools, control the drives, etc.
Note that a Windows installation disc provides the ability to format the drive or partition that you want to install Windows on as a clean installation instead of upgrading an existing version of Windows.
Computer is on the Start menu in Win7 and is brought up by entering Computer in the Search box in Windows 10 and then clicking on the Best Link that is provided. If you click on the icon or listing (depending on the view selected) for a particular drive and then click on Properties, you are given access to information about the size of the drive and how much space is used and free, Disk Cleanup and the available tools (error-checking by chkdsk, Defragmentation, etc.). Note that Defragmentation should have been turned off by default in Windows 7/8.1/10 if a SSD drive is being used, because SSDs should not be defragmented. The image below shows the menu that is displayed when the icon (or listing) for the system hard disk drive is right-clicked on in Windows 10 – Win10 (C:). If you don’t know how to use any of the options, there is plenty of information available on each on of them on the web. Click on the image to view its full size. Macrium Reflect is a third-party backup program, Irfanview is a third-party image-viewer and image-editing program and Panda is a malware scanner.
Disk Management in Windows 7/8.1/10 provides more options than are available under Computer. In addition to formatting a hard drive, you can also partition and resize the partitions if it has already been partitioned. To access Disk Management in Windows 7 and Windows 10, just enter that term in the Search box and click on the link that is provided above the box. The image below shows the menu that is provided when the Win10 system C: partition is right-clicked on. There is plenty of information on how to use Disk Management for every version of Windows on the web. It hasn’t changed much since Windows Vista.