Today I got my new wd20earx, but it said on the hard drive to use the advanced format for the best performance…?
If I google a picture of the earlier model wd20ears [I’m sure Western Digital has a high resolution picture of the front of this hard drive someone on their site…], it just says drive is ready as is, so maybe I don’t need this advanced format option under windows 7 then…? Here’s a picture of an earx for reference: [I’m sure Western Digital has a high resolution picture of the front of this hard drive someone on their site…]
My question is, do I really need this for my hard drive…? If I don’t use this, vs if I do, what impact does this have on the harddrive…? Which is better for it for a better longer life, and less errors…? Or is there no difference on the hard drive at all as far as longer life and errors go…? What does using the advanced format vs not using it do for the hard drive…and my data…?
So, what is the best way to set up my hard drive now that I have it…? I’l be using it as a backup solution for all of my data…so I’m just wondering.
Edit: I’m also wanting to use the western digital error checking tool ( Data Lifeguard Diagnostic http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=608&sid=3&lang=en ) to check for errors and everything to see if it passes, and if all sectors are ok.
Should this tool be used before or after I use the advanced format on my hard drive…(if I should use it…?)