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Formatting my WD external hardrive

Hi, i've just bought an WD hardrive and it was suggested that i format it since i'm running windows XP pro, but i wanted to know why i should do this and what the benefits would be?

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    what is the step by step instructions for formatting western digital my book essential edition 500 GB external hard drive????

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Hi, In computer terms, formatting a hardrive is the process of preparing/setting the different areas (for read/write) of the harddrive and keeping a list of the addresses. This way the computer would know what data went with what and to where in the HD. Most if not all new HDs are not formatted (prepared) for computer use but are detectable by the PC. Formatting not only makes the HD recognizable, it is now usable. By formatting, the PC also erases any and all references to the existing data on the HD. After being erased and prepared, it also checked for any possible errors. Hope this be of some idea/help. Good luck and kind regards.

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