How to Reformat Seagate External Hard Drive?



updated on 2017-12-29 to Data Erasure

how to reformat Seagate external hard drive

A lot of people including you, storing important data on Seagate external hard drive instead of on your PC/Mac hard drive. The reason is perhaps that Seagate external hard drive has been well known for a long time as one of the most reliable drives for storing data. And it has super large storage up to 8TB.

If you're using Seagate external hard drive and you want to reformat your Seagate external hard drive, then you came to the right place. Because on this article, I'll show you the easiest, fastest, and the safest way to reformat a Seagate external hard drive. Whether you're using Mac or Windows, this method will work perfectly.

Please note: Reformating means that all the data you stored inside your Seagate external hard drive will be deleted permanently. And there's absolutely no way to recover the data once it's gone. Of course, it's good if you're planning to sell your Seagate external hard drive. But, if you have a plan to use it again someday, you may want to think again before reformating your Seagate external hard drive. It is strongly recommended to back up your important data to another hard drive before your reformat the Seagate external hard drive.

Easy steps to reformat Seagate external hard drive

So are you ready to reformat Seagate external hard drive? If so, then keep reading and follow the method below carefully to make sure you're doing this method properly.

How to Reformat Seagate External Hard Drive?

Step 1: First of all, as I said before, reformating will erase all your data that stored on the hard drive permanently. So the first step you must do is move all of your important data to your PC/Mac, or to cloud storage service. Remember, once the data is gone, there's no way to recover it.

Step 2: Connect your Seagate external hard drive into your PC or Mac. Make sure it will be connected throughout the process or you may break the hard drive if it's unconnected while the reformatting process is running.

Step 3: The next step is downloading the software AweEraser. This software is the powerful data erasure which is fully compatible both with Windows and Mac. You can easily formate your Seagate external hard drive using this software. Once you downloaded the software, now install the software. Installing this software is easy so I thought it doesn't need to include installation guide in this article. Go install it now!

Step 4: When the installation process is done, now the software should run automatically. Now you'll see there are three data erasure options on the left section. There are: Erase Files, Erase Hard Drive, and Erase Free Space. Choose Erase Hard Drive option, and you should see a list of the drives connected to your PC/Mac including the external hard drive you want to reformat. Choose the external hard drive and click "Erase" button at the bottom of the screen.

How to Reformat Seagate External Hard Drive?

Step 5: Now you should wait until the process is done, while also making sure the process isn't interrupted. And please don't open any apps because it will slow down the reformatting process.

After the long reformatting process is done, good job! You just reformating Seagate external hard drive perfectly. Now you'll see all the data is gone and it's fresh like the first time you buy it. Don't forget to share this article to help people who're looking for this easy, fast, and safe way to reformating Seagate external hard drive.