How to Recover Data from Western Digital/WD Hard Disk

Abby Haines updated on Jul 15, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Best free Western Digital hard drive repair tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition supports to restore lost WD data by simple clicks. Download this free software and perform Western digital recovery with ease.

We are going to talk about Western Digital/WD disk recovery and how to recover data easily from a Western Digital hard drive with it. You can download this freeware and follow the video to recover data from Western Digital hard drive.

About Western Digital(WD) Hard Disk Drive

With the continuous growth in digital media availability, all information must be stored somewhere. And of course, the most commonly used storage media must be the hard drive which is also the integrant part of a computer. One of the famous hard drive producers is Western Digital. As one of the largest hard drive brands, it provides high-performance hard drives. WD HDD is a non-volatile storage device that stores data on rapidly rotating platters with magnetic surfaces.

If you are using a Western Digital hard disk, data recovery knowledge is quite necessary. Data loss happens every day and everywhere.

Why Perform Western Digital (WD) Disk Recovery

Most Western Digital hard disk drive users must be troubled if they lost their data.

  • Accidental deletion or format

Sometimes, it is necessary to format or delete the partition when we reinstall the operating system. But, some people would wrongly format or delete the wrong partition due to carelessness. Only to find the useful and precious data were gone after a few quick clicks.

  • Other unexpected data loss situations

Far more than that, virus attack, power failure or partition corruption, and more would also cause data loss disaster.

When it comes to Western Digital disk recovery, third-party data recovery software must be the first choice. Compared to the complicated and time-consuming manual data recovery service, this choice is better. 

It only takes you minutes to restore WD data. Also, it is compatible with all Western Digital hard disk drives like My Book Pro, My Book, WD Elements, My Book Studio, etc.

How to Use EaseUS Western Digital (WD) Disk Recovery Freeware

EaseUS file recovery software is designed to retrieve data from Western Digital, Samsung, and other hard disk drives easily. It enables you to do deleted recovery, format recovery,  or partition recovery effectively. You can also use this freeware to retrieve data from the lost FAT16, FAT 32, NTFS, EXT2/3 partition.

Step 1. Choose the WD hard drive to scan

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Western Digital hard drive data recovery after installation.
  • Locate and right-click on your WD hard drive partition under the "Hard Disk Drives" list or under "External Devices" list if it's an external hard drive that is connected to your computer/laptop.
  • Click the Scan button.
select your WD hard drive and click scan

Step 2. Preview files in the scan results

You can choose to preview pictures, documents, videos or audio files the software has found by means of different view panes on the top right corner under the Search bar.

scan the lost data on the WD hard drive

Step 3. Select files and recover

Choose the wanted files you'd like to restore and click the Recover button in the below-left corner. Do not save the data to the original WD drive again. It's going to cause data overwriting.

select files and click recover
Important
Western Digital encrypts the data in external USB hard drives like the"My Book" or "Passport" drives. If the USB-to-SATA interface board fails (which contains an encryption chip), then your chance of recovering the data with a simple "undelete the files" program is zero. You cannot just remove the drive from the USB box and connect it to a desktop machine with SATA cables because the data is still encrypted, even if you did not set a password. Before you take actions, make sure that your WD disk is not one of these types.

What Else EaseUS Can Do for You (Bonus Features)

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard continuously gets good reviews and ratings since its release, why not download it now. It would be a must-have hard disk recovery freeware. It has these features:

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely and completely.
  • Recover data from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.

Get this freeware and recover 2 GB data. If you have more data, upgrade to the trial version - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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