Solved WD External HD should I format first? Tags: Hard Drives Western Digital HD Storage Last response: January 5, 2013 11:47 PM in Storage Share soloalpinist 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? More about : external format Best solution aramisathei November 21, 2012 12:46:38 PM NTFS? 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. Share soloalpinist January 5, 2013 11:47:23 PM Best answer selected by soloalpinist. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources External WD 160GB HD set as Master is visible via My Computer, but I canot access it to format? Forum SolvedRecommended partitions and format for WD 3TB external HD Forum WD External HD... is it best to format with Windows 7 Disk Mngmnt? Forum WD My Passport External HD stuck at Formatting Forum WD 1TB External HD Formatting stuck 99% Forum How to format a write protect WD external hard drive/disk Forum Solvedi have a wd essential external harddrive need to get a new one should I stay with same brand Forum SolvedReformatting a WD advanced format drive that's previously been aligned to XP to work on Windows 7 should work, right? Forum re-format 2tb wd external drive to fat 32 Forum SolvedWD 1TB external HD Forum Solvedwd my book essential 2 tb external hd Forum SolvedWD 1TB My Passport external HD Data Recovery Question Forum WD 1TB External HDD asking to format on connecting to PC.Though it displays/plays all data in LCD TVs.. Forum SolvedWD External Hd Forum SolvedWD external HD data recovery Forum SolvedWD external HD not recognized Forum SolvedCannot recover data from formated WD Pasport external hard drive Forum How to format cannot be formated wd external hard disc storage device Forum SolvedWD My Passport External HD Failure Forum WIN8:::how should I format a WD Black 3001FAEX HHD AND a 250 GB SSD? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !