WD External HD should I format first?

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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    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.
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