Can I Delete the Default Files on My External HDD Newly Bought

Recently, I bought an external HDD. I noticed that it had certain files on it by default when I put it in, and I'm wondering if it's okay to erase them.

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Dany· Answered on Jul 20, 2023

I would leave them alone, considering the minuscule amount of room they occupy. If you still want to delete the default files, it is safer to format your external HDD on your computer. You can use some main formats on your external HDD: NTFS, HFS+, exFAT, APFS, and FAT32. Use NTFS if you solely utilize Windows and intend to use your disk for File History backups on a Windows PC. Most hard disks are already preformatted for the native file system of Windows. How to format your external HDD on a Windows PC?

1. Connect the external hard drive, then launch Windows Explorer on your computer.

2. From the drop-down menu, select "Format" when you right-click the external HDD.

3. Choose the desired file system, label your drive under "Volume label," and make sure the "Quick Format" checkbox is selected.

4. Press "Start" to format your disk on the computer.

5. When the procedure is finished, use Windows Explorer and access the external HDD.

You should always remember this method in case encounter some external HDD issues, such as HDD corruption and virus attack.

If you want to recover erased external hard drive data, you can download and use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. You only need to launch this data recovery software with an external HDD connected and click "Scan". Then, the software will look for lost files on your external HDD. Your deleted/lost pictures, films, music, and emails will appear on the right side, and you can choose the files to recover them immediately.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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