How To Format Wd My Passport For Windows 10

WD My Passport is a portable external hard drive designed by Western Digital. This drive allows you to store, organize, and access your data over a cloud network and offers local & cloud backups. It also comes with some great features like:

  • Ultra-fast USB 3.1 connectivity
  • Password protection
  • Reimagined dDesign
  • Easy to use and more

Learn how to format your Western Digital My Passport for Windows 10.

How To Format Wd My Passport For Windows 10

Does my WD My Passport drive works with Windows 10?

YES! It is designed to work with the most-latest Windows versions, including Windows 8 and Windows 10. The drive is pre-formatted in the NTFS format. So, you can plug the WD My Passport drive directly into your computer. Once the computer recognizes the drive, you can start using it as per your needs.However, to read and write from/to the drive, it should be formatted to exFAT or FAT32. You can do it using the Disk Management window of your computer.The section below will show you How To Format Wd My Passport For Windows 10 in the exFAT format.

Formatting the drive

Before you begin the format process, ensure that all the data stored on the drive are backed-up.

  • Initially, check to ensure that your drive is connected to the computer and it is recognized.
  • Next, make sure that you have signed into your computer as an admin user.
  • Now, move the mouse cursor over the Windows icon in the taskbar and right-click on it.
  • Select the Disk Management option.
  • Now, the window titled Disk Management will open.
  • At the bottom of the opened window, you can see the drives that are connected to your Windows 10 computer.
  • Locate the WD My Passport drive that you need to format.
  • Check whether there is a partition available for the drive.
  • You can confirm it by checking the bar above the drive.
  • If there is a blue bar above the drive, it means that a partition is available. Now, right-click on the bar and clickchoose Delete Volume. Partition the drive by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Similarly, If there is no blue bar or the Unallocated message is displayed, it means there is no partition available for the drive.
  • In this case, right-click on the Unallocated area and select the New Simple Volume option followed by Next.
  • Select the desired volume size from the drop-down menu in the New Simple Volume Wizard.
  • Click Next.
  • Choose the drive letter from the drop-down menu on the next screen.
  • Now, the screen sub-titled Format Partition will open.
  • Select the “Format this volume…” option by clicking the radio button beside it.
  • Choose the exFAT format from the File system drop-down menu.
  • Click the checkbox beside the “Perform a quick format…” option followed by Next on the Format Partition screen.
  • Once the drive is formatted, the “Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard” screen will open.
  • Click Finish.

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