Need to format brand new USB hard drive, or not?

Started Dec 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Knuckles 79 Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: Need to format brand new USB hard drive, or not?

andrzej bialuski wrote:

Up until I never have formatted any new external USB HD before starting to use it. Just plugged it into my Imac and started using it with factory formatting.

My question is: should I format it first or just go ahead and start using it with the default factory formatting?

The new drive is a Seagate USB3, 3 TB.

thanks in advance

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I always format new hard drives, but that is just me.  Many years ago, viruses were being loaded into new external hard drives, and formatting them eliminates the possibility of infecting your computer.

That of course a few years ago, and I am sure that is very rare now, but better to be safe than sorry.

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