Free Download WD Quick Formatter to Format External Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Roxanne updated on Sep 17, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

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Download WD Quick Formatter Alternative to Format External Hard Drive 

  1. 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master - WD Quick Formatter alternative, right-click the partition on your external hard drive and choose the Format option.
  2. 2. Assign a new partition label, file system, and cluster size to the selected partition, then click OK.
  3. 3. Click the Execute Operation button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click Apply to start formatting your WD hard drive.
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 Windows 10 is supported

  • Applies to Windows 10/8/7
  • Supports NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4

Everything About Wd Quick Formatter - Wd External Hard Drive Format Tool

WD Quick Formatter, also called WD advanced format utility is a tool that allows you to reformat WD external hard drive to NTFS, FAT32, etc in Windows 10/8/7 or other Windows versions. It is usually used to repair corrupted hard disk when it is unrecognized or inaccessible, fix format issues when Windows was unable to complete the format, change file system, or optimize the performance of the drive. The WD Quick Formatter is ONLY for external drives. Once the WD Quick Formatter is finished reformatting the drive, the drive will only have one partition. This is necessary in order to optimize the performance of the drive.

Part 1. How to Reformat WD External Hard Drive Using WD Quick Formatter

WD Quick Formatter is available on the Western Digital official website. You can use it to repair a corrupted external hard disk. The typical symptoms - the power LED is on but the drive is not accessible. Meanwhile, you'll receive error messages like:

The most effortless way is to format the external hard drive if you want to get access to the drive. Follow the steps below to format the external hard drives with WD Quick Formatter.

Step 1. Connect WD external hard drive to your Windows PC. Download and run the WD Quick Formatter.

Step 2. In the welcome screen, click "Continue" to move to the next screen.

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Step 3. In the End User License Agreement page, click "Accept".

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Step 4. Next, the WD Quick Formatter tool will scan for WD external drives to be formatted.

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If the drive is to be used with a computer running Windows system like XP, then select XP Compatible. It is the same case with Windows 10/8/7. And if the drive is not to be used with Windows OS, then select Factory Default. Once this selection is made, click on the drop-down menu to view and/or select different external drives from the list, should there be additional drives connected to the system. When ready, click "Format Drive".

Step 5. Once the Format is completed, click the "Format Another Drive" button to select another WD external drive to format, or click the "Exit" button to exit the program.

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Also read: How to Format WD My Passport for Mac and PC

Part 2. Format Wd External Hard Drive Using Easeus Free Partition Software

However, WD Quick Formatter might fail to format WD external hard drive due to some errors. When it happens, a reliable external hard drive formatter alternative - EaseUS free partition tool is needed. Many users have used this tool to complete the disk formatting job in Windows 10/8/7 while WD external drive format failed with the WD Quick Formatter tool.

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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4
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Conclusion

You can always format the wanted drive with WD Quick Formatter. If WD Quick Formatter failed in formatting external drive, try WD Quick Formatter alternative - EaseUS Partition Master. You can easily format your HDD, SSD, SD card, or USB drive for free. You can learn more in the table below.

Comparison EaseUS Partition Master WD Quick Formatter
Supported Device HDD, SSD, external hard drive, USB, SD card, etc Only external hard drive
Supported Operating Systems Windows XP - Windows 10 macOS 10.5-10.9 &Windows XP/2000
Interface New and user-friendly old-fashioned
Easiness Very easy A little bit hard
Other features Partition a hard drive, migrate OS, wipe data, clone a hard drive /

WD Format Tool Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions about the Western Digital format tool, you can read the questions and answers below.

How do I check my WD firmware version?

Your firmware version can be found by going to the device's web interface and looking for the Firmware section.

How do I reformat a WD external hard drive on Mac?

Step 1. Connect WD My Passport to your Mac.

Step 2. Once that's done, double left-click on the Mac HD, the internal Mac hard drive visible on the top-right corner of the desktop screen.Select "Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility".

Step 3. Select your WD My Passport on the sidebar, choose "Erase".

Step 4. Rename the drive, select the "Volume Format" drop-down list and choose "MS-DOS (FAT)" or "ex-FAT File System". Then click "Erase".

How do I update my WD firmware?

  1. 1. Select your Current Firmware, connect the computer to the My Passport Wireless Wi-Fi network.
  2. 2. Using a web browser, open the My Passport Wireless dashboard.
  3. 3. Go to Firmware Tab.
  4. 4. Under the section Auto Update.
  5. 5. You will see a pop up confirming to upgrade your firmware, click OK.

How do I format my WD external hard drive for Windows 10?

Step 1. Open Windows File Explorer, locate and right-click on WD My Passport that you need to format, select "Format".

Step 2. Rename the drive, reset its file system to FAT32 or exFAT. 

Step 3. Click "Start" to begin the formatting.

Which is better exFAT or NTFS?

NTFS is ideal for internal drives, while exFAT is generally ideal for flash drives. Both of them have no realistic file-size or partition size limits. If storage devices are not compatible with the NTFS file system and you don't want to limited by FAT32, you can choose the exFAT file system.

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