Drives with Advanced Format Technology
Advanced Format Technology - What Is It? - Whitepaper
What models utilize Advance Format technology?
Some models of the WD Caviar Green are built using Advanced Format. Over time more models and capacities will be added. WD drives with Advanced Format include special installation information on the drive label so be sure to read the label on your drive before installing it.
Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility - WD Align
External Drives shipping with Advanced Format Technology
|Product Name||Model Number|
|My Book Essential||WDBAAFxxxxxxx|
|My Book For Mac||WDBAAGxxxxxxx|
|My Book Elite||WDBAAHxxxxxxx|
|My Book Studio||WDBAAJxxxxxxx|
|WD Elements Desktop||WDBAAUxxxxxxx|
If you have repartitioned any of the above drives under Windows XP, or formatted to FAT32 under MacOSX you will need to run the WD Quick Formatter utility on your drive.
Critical: This utility is data destructive , so you will need to back up all data on the drive prior to running it. Additionally it will create only a single FAT32 partition on the drive. If you need multiple partitions you will need to repartition the drive using Windows Vista or Windows 7.
WD Quick Formatter For Windows (Link) - WD Quick Formatter is ONLY for external drives