How to reformat Western Digital Element 1 TB

rudka - Jan 26, 2009 at 02:16 PM
 stinedk - May 2, 2011 at 02:12 AM
i just bought the WD 1 TB and I see that everyone says to 'reformat to NTFS'...but I can't seem to figure out how to reformat it. There are no 'menus' to go to ... you just plug it in and start adding to it..
No instructions or manual either.
I don't know if I need to reformat using VISTA or via this WD HDD

7 replies

Im not saying your wrong but im in the process of formatting a 1 TB external drive to NTFS on XP Pro without any troubles as im writting this. Im unaware of this XP problem as I have never seen it before, however if you are able to format your drive you can find out by,

1 - Connect your external drive so that it can be seen in My Computer,
2 - Right Click on it, and from the drop down menu select Format
3 - Follow the steps, Select NTFS from the drop down menu, Rename yor hard drive if you want to and leave everything else as it is, then click Start.
4 - Profit

If you want you can also Right click on My Computer, and from the drop down menu select Manage, then select Disk Management from your options on the left side when the window opens up. You can format your drive from here simply by right clicking on it again and selecting Format.