How to format 'My Book 4TB'?

  1. Is it necessary to format my book before its first use?
  2. Will formatting retrieve the ‘additional files’ shown in WD SmartWare?
  3. What is the best way to format: Windows disk management, Drive erase (in WD Drive utilities) or WD quick formatter for windows?
  4. Will formatting the following folders which came with my book: Extras, Locale, User manuals, WD apps for mac/windows. Is deleting them safe?

It should be formatted and ready for use on Windows as long as it was not a model for Mac. 


I have started using it without any further formatting. I left untouched all the files which came with my book. Seems to work well for now!