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Cannot find a way to format the product (WD My Passport Studio). I am using Microsoft XP.

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Plug In your Hard disk. Look the removable drive in the My Computer. Right Click it and Select Format. Or Right Click My Computer -> Manage. Select Storage and look for your drive and format it.
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As far as I remember WD just copies the software into the PassPort drives and you don't have to install anything you can just run the software from the drive. If that is still the case then first take a backup of that software (basically copy that software folder to some place in your internal drives) then format the drive (make sure you select NTFS as the file system for the drive when formatting).
Formatting will erase all the files in the drive so make sure you have backup of you personal files also.
Formatting also resets the drive back to factory setting (if you want the WD software back then just copy it from the backup to the PassPort drive).

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Windows 7 does _NOT_ support 'exfat' drives, as you have found out.
You can "format" the drive, to use 'FAT32' or 'NTFS' file-systems.

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If the WD has been formatted in NTFS then the MAC cannot read or copy to this hard disk.
To make it compatible for the PC and MAC, format the WD Passport drive on your XP computer in FAT32 format. Then you can copy and exchange files between the PC and MAC.

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The Western Digital My Passport line, besides the Essential Series, is originally formated for a Mac (in the HFS+ format) and as such cannot be read by Windows PCs. You can either get a program to read the External such as Macdrive, or format it to NTFS or FAT32; formats that are readable by Windows. I would recommend formatting it to NTFS, because you can only transfer up to 4 Gigabyte files to FAT32, while NTFS is nearly limitless.

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Plug the drive into your PC.

Right Click on My Computer (or Computer in Vista/Windows 7) and select Manage.

Click on Disk Management.

Right Click the Volume in question and select Format. Select FAT32 in the options.

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Assuming you are using XP, Vista, or 2000 you can format it as a NTFS drive. while a lt of folks do not like Vista, this is one area where it really shines.

Plug in your WD PASSPORT.

Bring up the START menu -> right click COMPUTER-> select MANAGE -> select STORAGE ->select DISK MANAGEMENT.

Find the dive -> select/highlight the WD PASSPORT -> right click and select FORMAT. make sure to format as an NTFS drive. Depending on the size of the drive this might take a while - so go have dinner and a movie.

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try and format using your vista or xp tools,right click on the hard drive go to format and format it as a ntfs drive.

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Here is the WD page, pick your Passport type, on the next page download the software you need:
Select the software to download: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?level1=2&lang=en

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If it answers your post, please be kind to rate it.

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Typically this is because there aren't large enough fragments to load. Run defrag several times and try again. You might also run the cleanup program and remove any temporary files, temporary internet files and anything in your waste basket before you run defrag.

Please let me know how this turns out.

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