How to Format an NTFS Partition in DOS

by Kyle Anderson

The MS-DOS prompt (the command prompt application) is a command-line program where you can execute a variety of different programs on your computer. One of these programs allows you to format a partition in the NTFS file system so your computer can use the partition to store information.

Open an MS-DOS command prompt by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and then "Command Prompt."

Type "format drive_letter: /fs:ntfs" into the command prompt, without quotes and substituting in the drive letter of the drive you want to format for "drive_letter."

Press "Enter," type "yes" and then press "Enter" to complete the format process.

About the Author

Kyle Anderson attended the University of Tennessee, where he received his B.S. and M.S. in English studies. He has worked as an editor and writer for several print publications and websites.