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I bouth WD Studio 1TB and was told that I can format it for Windows 7. At the moment its formatted for Mac. How can I reformat it for Windows?

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You need to plug it in and go to 'Administrative Tools' in the 'Control Panel'.

Go to 'Computer Management'.

Then on the side panel click 'Disk Management'.

All your discs will be listed.

Click on the one that you want to reformat.

Then click on 'Format'. It will take some time but will format in Windows file system.

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