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WD External HD should I format first?

Last response: in Storage
November 21, 2012 12:14:18 PM

I purchased my second Western Digital 3tb HD. It comes set up for NTSC and I'm on a windows 7 machine... but should I run the windows formatting before I use the drive? I assume that will delete the software that came with the drive?

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November 21, 2012 12:46:38 PM

If you mean NTFS, that's file.
It's the native file system for Windows 7.

You should only need to format it if you want to use it on a different (usually older) OS.

Formatting it will delete most software, although some drives software installed that survives formatting.

In short, you shouldn't need to format it.
January 5, 2013 11:47:23 PM

Best answer selected by soloalpinist.