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Western Digital 3tb Format Utility

To format the WD 3TB drive on different devices, consider the instructions given below:

For Windows:

  • From the Start menu, select the Computer Management option.
  • From the left side panel, choose Disk Management under Storage.
  • The list of drives will appear on the right-side panel.
  • Click the WD 3TB drive that has to be formatted.
  • If the drive is partitioned, a blue bar will appear; if not, a black bar will be displayed.
  • If it is partitioned or data is available in the drive, right-click the drive and select ‘Delete Volume.’
  • When the drive is not partitioned or when there is no data in the drive, right-click the disk name and choose ‘Convert to GPT disk.’
  • Then again right-click the disk and select ‘New Simple Volume.’
  • The Welcome window appears, click Next to go ahead.
  • Now, mention the maximum disk space in the Simple volume size field and click Next.
  • Select a drive letter from the drop-down list. Now, click Next.
  • To format the drive, set the following;
  • File system: NTFS

    Allocation unit size: Default

    Volume Label: “Anything of your choice.”

  • Check the option ‘Perform a quick format’ and select Next.
  • Next, click Finish to start the format.
  • When the format is completed, the drive will display a blue bar.

For Mac:

  • Click the Spotlight icon, which is at the top of the Dock.
  • Enter ‘disk utility’ and search.
  • Open Disk Utility and select the WD drive option on the left panel.
  • On the top of the right panel, click the Erase icon. 
  • Now, input a new drive name and choose the format as ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled).’
  • Click Erase, wait until the drive is formatted, and then select Done.
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