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Western Digital Data Recovery: Recover Files from WD Passport, My Book and More

By Emily Waston, Friday, December 20, 2019

Western Digital Hard Disk (WD) is a famous external hard drive brand worldwide. It is used widely for its convenience, large capacity and easy data transfer. But users may have trouble when they lost data on there Western Digital hard drives.

5 main reasons that may cause Western Digital data loss:

  • Users delete data accidentally;

  • The computer shows WD as unknown;

  • The WD hard drive is formatted;

  • Computers are attacked by virus;

  • The WD hard doesn’t get enough power.

When there is something wrong with your WD hard drive, before applying WD external hard drive repair tool to fix the issue, you may wonder how to safely recover data from the external hard drive when you lose data.

Don't worry, data on WD hard drive is recoverable and the third-party software might be a good choice for you.

For example, FonePaw Data Recovery is a good one. It helps you recover the lost data in WD external hard drive in one click and it's compatible with common WD hard disks such as WD My Book Pro, WD My Passport, WD My Book, WD Elements, and My Book Studio.

What Makes Western Digital Data Recovery Possible

Western Digital data recovery is possible because WD is a hard disk drive (HDD). When you delete data on HDD, it won't erase the data immediately.

Instead, it marks the storage as writeable, which means the new data will be written into this space. When the new data covers the old one, the old data will be erased. 

Therefore, to avoid this situation, you better stop using the WD hard drive and recover data as soon as possible.

Note: Western Digital My Book and Western Digital Passport are encrypted by Western Digital. That means if your USB-to-SATA interface board is impaired, you are unable to recover the data by removing the drive from the USB box and connect it to another desktop with SATA cables because the data is encrypted. 

Recover Files from Western Digital Hard Drive

Many users have used  FonePaw Data Recovery to recover files from WD hard disk conveniently, safely and efficiently, giving it high ratings since its launch.

Indeed, FonePaw Data Recovery has great features. It not only recovers images, audios, videos, documents, etc. from external hard drives like WD but also computer hard drive, USB drive and recycle bin.

Download and try it free.


Here is the tutorial:

Step 1: Download, install and launch FonePaw Data Recovery.

Data Recovery Homepage

Step 2: Connect the Western Digital passport to your computer and make sure it's recognized by the computer.

Step 3: Select Western Digital in "Hard Disk Drive" and click "Scan".

Data Recovery Quick Scan

Step 4: Preview the scanning result either on the "Type list" or "Path list" on the left side. If you cannot find the files you want, click "Deep Scan".

Step 5: Select the files you need to retrieve then click "Recover". The recovery speed depends on how many files you choose.

Restore Files from Western Digital Backup

Western Digital provides a data backup & restore tool for users: WD SmartWare, which you can use to make a full backup of your WD hard disk to get prepared for accidental data loss. It's also a good choice for you to retrieve files from WD passport or other WD hard drive if you've backed up in advance. Here are the instructions:

Step 1: Download, install and launch WD SmartWare.

Step 2: Select the data you’ve backed up. Click "Select Destination" and choose "To the original places" or "In a retrieved content folder" depends on your needs.

WD Smartware

Step 3: Click "Select files" to choose the files you want then click "Start Retrieving".

Step 4: A message saying "File retrieval complete" will be shown when the process is completed.

In conclusion, Western Digital Hard Drive is a well-known hard disk brand. It attracts numerous users with its high-performance and great features.

Although data loss happens sometimes, WD passport data recovery is still possible. With the help of Western Digital data recovery software like FonePaw Data Recovery and WD Smartware, you need not worry too much about how to retrieve files from the WD passport.

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