"reverse" word used for point out: drive's initialization doing by an order 1) create partitions first 2) format the partition(s) next; that poster described it in reverse order
[Windows OS added to that unnecessary tidbit - create a volume 'label' by placing time-stamp data into MBR, naming it as 'initialization' ]
you can't format unpartitioned space on drive, if you've been in IT you should knew that
I do know that, that's my entire point! You're the one who didn't know enough and bought that the drive was formatted without a partition and claimed it was "reverse order". Macs format drives just like anything else that formats a hard drive. The OP was mistaken and you just assumed it happened that way and decreed that Macs did things in reverse.