You shouldn't need to do anything like what you're describing. All you should need to do is plug the drive in, turn it on, and wait until you see a little message about the hardware being installed and ready to use.
I bought a Western Digital external harddrive. The instructions tell me that I've got to reformat my harddrive. One of the steps says to delete a partition. It notes to make sure I've got any files and whatnot saved. My question is, will deleting a partition delete the contents of my harddrive? If so, is there any way around this?
Thank you all in advance.