The best tool to format your drive is called HDD Guru. This will allow you to format with a much lower risk of damaging your drive but be aware that there is ALWAYS risk when formatting a drive, not just when using them for this project.
HDD guru allows you to perform a low level format however this isn't needed. The easiest and quickest way to format using this software is as follows.
- Open the software.
- Select your drive.
- Select format on the second tab at the top.
- Select the option to 'Just wipe MBR'.
- Once this has finished, use Windows format as per usual.
Please note, this software has never given me any issue formatting a drive but if any issue does arise, I am not help liable or responsible as you are following these instructions at your own risk.