Partitioning and formating a WD drive using Acronis True Image WD Edition

IMPORTANT Important: The Acronis True Image WD Edition software is only supported on a Western Digital hard drive.

While the software may work for some third-party products (such as USB Enclosures), technical support is unable to assist with any issues which may occur while using a Western Digital internal drive inside a third-party external enclosure.


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Please follow the instructions below to partition and format a new or existing drive:

 

Formatting and partitioning a WD drive, using Acronis True Image WD Edition Build 33

  1. Launch Acronis True Image WD Edition version: 2016, Build 33
  2. On the main screen of Acronis True Image WD Edition (Build 33), click the Tools icon, located on the left-side panel, and then click on Add New Disk

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  4. The Add New Disk Wizard will open. Select the disk to be formatted and click on Next
  5. STOP Critical: Make sure the correct drive has been selected. This process is Data Destructive and irreversible.

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  6. A pop-up window will appear warning ...the destination hard disk drive contains partitions that could contain useful data.. Click OK if the data has been backed up or no longer needed

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  8. Select the radio button for Initialize disk in GPT layout and click on Next
  9. Note:
    Use FAT32 for disks less than 2 Terabytes. Please see Answer ID: 241 Master Boot Record (MBR) and Answer ID 1287: File and partition size limitations using the FAT32 file system for more information about MBR and FAT32.

    Use GPT for disks larger than 2Terabytes.

    NOTE: Windows XP's 32-bit operating system and does not support GPT.


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  10. Click Create new partition

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  12. Click to expand the drop-down menu from the File system: field and select the desired file system and click on Accept

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  14. Add a name for the drive in the Partition Label field and click on Accept to continue

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  16. The Create partitions page will now appear. Verify all settings are correct then click on Next

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  18. A visual representation of Before: and After: with the new file system will be displayed. Click on Proceed

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  20. A new Pop-up Disk Adding Progress window will appear, showing the progress. The user will have a chance to Cancel if necessary. The user will then get a Reboot Required pop-up in order to complete the task. Click on Restart

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  22. The computer will restart in Acronis Boot Loader mode to complete the partition and fomat process. This should only take a few minutes. On completion, the computer will restart into Windows and the drive will be formatted.

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Formatting and partitioning a WD drive, using Acronis True Image WD Edition version 6126

  1. Launch Acronis True Image WD Edition (version 6126)
  2. On the main screen of Acronis True Image WD Edition, click on Tools located on the left-side panel, and then click on More Tools

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  3. From the Tools and Utilities window, open Add New Disk by double-clicking on it

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  5. The Add New Disk Wizard will open. Select the disk that is to be formatted and click on Next
  6. STOP Critical: Make sure the correct drive has been selected. This process is Data Destructive and irreversible.

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  7. A confirmation box will appear. If confident that the correct drive was selected, click OK

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  9. The drive will need to be initialized as part of the process. Select Initialize disk in GPT layout and click on Next
  10. Note:
    Use FAT32 for disks less than 2 Terabytes. Please see Answer ID: 241 Master Boot Record (MBR) and Answer ID 1287: File and partition size limitations using the FAT32 file system for more information about MBR and FAT32.

    Use GPT for disks larger than 2Terabytes.

    NOTE: Windows XP's 32-bit operating system and does not support GPT.


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  11. With the drive selected, click on Create new partition

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  13. Click to expand the drop-down menu from the File system: field and select the desired file system and click on Accept

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  15. Add a name for the drive in the Partition Label field and click on Accept to continue

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  17. Now click on Next
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  19. Acronis will now display the summary for the formatting process. When ready, click on Proceed to start

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  21. When finished, Acronis will return to the main screen and the drive will be formatted.

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