Formatting a Floppy Disk

Formatting a floppy disk removes all information from the disk.


  1. Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive.

  2. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then single click (highlight) the icon for the disk you want to format (in most cases it will be the A:\ drive).

    Be sure not to double-click the disk icon, because you can't format a disk if it is open in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

    In Windows Explorer, right click on the floppy drive and select Format.

  3. On the File menu, click Format. A dialog box will appear.

  4. Select the Capacity of the disk.

    Capacity - Specifies how much data the disk can hold. To change the capacity, click the down arrow and then click an option in the list.

  5. Select Format type.

    Quick Erase - removes all files from the disk but doesnít scan the disk for bad sectors. The quick format option will only work on disks that have been previously formatted. You should choose a quick format only if you are sure your disk is not damaged.

    Full - Prepares a disk so that you can store information on it. If the disk has any files on it, formatting will remove all of the files. Full formatting will scan your disk for bad sectors after it is formatted.

    You cannot format a disk if there are files open on that disk.

    (Donít forget: For Help on an item, click the "?" at the top of the dialog box and then click the item.)

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