Owing to a highly responsive interface and quite a few high-end utilities, Windows 7 happens to be the most sought after computing platform of the times. However, alike other operating systems, your Windows 7 PC is vulnerable to various computing issues, and may require to be formatted at one point or the other. Hence, the Windows 7 support team thinks that there is a strong case for educating users about the formatting procedure to be applied in Windows 7.
Before we delve into the details of exFAT formatting in Windows 7, it would be in order to refresh our theoretical base in this regard, and thereby enable us to perform the procedure with greater authenticity.
What is FAT?
FAT (File Allocation Table) is fundamentally a computer file system architecture, wherein data is organized as logical sectors or clusters. Your PC’s hard drive is one typical example where the FAT mechanism is applied.
exFAT is an advanced file system architecture that allows increased scalability, free space allocation, support for access control lists and many other file management options. Windows XP was the first OS in which the exFAT system was applied. With the release of Windows 7, the exFAT file system became default and thus brought in the exFAT formatting technique.
Formatting Windows 7- the exFAT way.
As mentioned above, formatting the drives of your Windows 7 PC can be done via the exFAT method. Since the terminology may seem like Greek and Latin to you, the Windows 7 support team gives you the following simplified procedure
- Connect the concerned drive to your PC as a slave drive or a secondary main drive, for which you may rely on a USB drive enclosure or a media card. It is to be noted that you won’t be able to reformat the main hard drive via the exFAT method and hence a slave connection is required.
- Go to “Start” and open “My Computer”.
- Right-click on the drive that has been connected as the slave drive.
Again, it requires mention that formatting the main hard drive using the exFAT method is not possible on a Windows 7 operating system; hence, you’ll have to correctly identify the drive you wish to format, which has been connected as the slave drive.
- You may now select the file system format type as “exFAT”.
- Once you’ve made the required selections, you may click on “Start” to trigger the formatting procedure.
Well, that’s it! You’ve successfully formatted your drive, the exFAT way.
In the unlikely event that any issues arise, please contact the Windows 7 support team.Google+