By Teresa / Last Updated January 21, 2021

About WD Quick Formatter Tool

WD Quick Formatter Tool, also called WD Advanced Format Drives (AFDs), is a format utility developed by Western Digital Technologies, Inc. for Windows and Mac. The WD Quick Formatter is only for external drives, like WD My Passport Ultra. By default, WD Quick Formatter will format the drive to FAT32 or NTFS and after formatting, only one will be left in order to optimize the performance of the drive. Reformating and repartitioning the external drive are also available.

In most cases, this format tool is used to repair corrupted hard drive, i.e. when you cannot use the external drive. It will help you fix the problem and access to the drive. However, sometimes we format an external hard drive using WD Quick Formatter software for Windows backup. Except for WD external hard drive, one can also run WD Quick Formatter on Seagate external drive or other brands of external drive.

Download and use WD Quick Formatter to format WD drive

You can download WD Quick Formatter for Windows 7 or Windows 10 on WD official website and check out the following guide to learn how to format external WD hard drive.

Note: Once formatting is finished, all data on the drive will be erased. Please backup files that you care most to safe place.

1. Connect the external drive to your PC. Download and install WD Quick Formatter for Windows 10, 8, 7, or XP. Mostly, you need to unzip it before installing.

2. When it is started, a welcome window will come into your sight. Read the warning and click “Continue”.

Continue

3. Accept the “End User License Agreement”.

Accept

4. Now, the program will scan for external drives to be formatted. When it completes scanning, select the drive you want to format from the drop-down list.

Scan

Tip: If the external drive is 2TB in size or less, you can directly format it. If it is greater than 2TB, you have “Factory Default” and “XP Compatible” two options to select. Choose the right one according to your situation.

5. Click on "Format Drive" and wait for the formatting process to be completed. Finally, click “Exit” to leave the window.

Format

*If you receive the error that prompts it cannot mount the volume, close all applications on the external drive or whatever may use this drive and try again. Software like automatic backup programs, anti-virus and remote access applications are likely take up the drive.

Better formatter tool for WD hard drive in Windows 7/8/10

Why would you need another format utility? It is true that the WD Quick Formatter is easy to use with advanced technologies embedded. Nevertheless, situations like WD Quick Formatter format external drive failed or WD Quick Formatter not working complained by users now and then. What’s worse, this application not allowing 4K to 512 sector format, which may reduce the performance of portable solid state drives.

Therefore, if you’re unlucky and encounter one of these situations, you can try alternative to WD Quick Formatter – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This freeware allows you to format WD, Seagate or other external drive to NTFS, FAT32, FAT, EXT2, or EXT3 in a few clicks. It supports quick format, change cluster size of the file system and specify partition label duringformatting. Moreover, it can format both external and internal (Western Digital) hard drives..

1. Connect the external drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Download Windows 7 WD Quick Formatter alternative – AOMEI Partition Assistant. Install and launch it.

2. Right-click the external drive and select “Format Partition”.

Format Partitoin

3. At this window, specify partition label, file system as well as cluster size. Then click “OK”.

Fat32 128gb Usb

4. Click “Apply” in the tool bar to execute the pending operation.

Apply

Within only 4 steps, you can finish the formatting using AOMEI Partition Assistant like you do with WD Quick Formatter tool in Windows 7. Other than format partition on external drive, you can also use this software to format internal disk. If you want to experience Command line partitioning, you can upgrade to Professional edition.