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How do i reformat my external hd - Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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  • Charles Hedricks Feb 23, 2012

    What Operating System are you using, and what is the information on the external HDD, including manufacture and model please.

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    nyrmurphy999 Feb 23, 2012

    I end ended up just formatting it on my Mac to fat32 since I wanted it to work on both my Xbox and pc

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If your using windows just right click on the drive and select format. in mac go to disk utility and select drive. choose erase and erase drive using either fat32 if you want read/write support for windows or just format as mac journal

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