I realize formatting of drives can take a large amount of time, but I haven't formatted a drive in literally "forever" (probably not since Windows XP or Windows 2000).
I have a 1.5TB external HDD (connected via USB Type-A 3.1 port on the PC. I am unsure on whether the HDD and the USB cable support USB 3.0/3.1, or only the older USB 2), which I am formatting on windows 10 via the powershell command
format /FS:FAT32 D:
Here's my full powershell console, and it's been like this for about 2+ hours with no change.
PS C:\Users\chris> format /FS:FAT32 D: The type of the file system is EXFAT. The new file system is FAT32.
I realize this is not a long time in the land of HDD formatting - especially (probably) given the large size of the drive. But from what I remember from the Windows 2000 days (and I may be wrong), while formatting HDDs did take long, there was usually some kind of UI/console update to give a user any sense on what was happening and how long it might take.
However, I have no change at all in the console output for mentioned 2+ hours. Am I right in just leaving the task running? And how long could I reasonably expect before some kind of update in the powershell console?