How to Recover Lost Data from Formatted WD External Hard Drive?

Christina updated on 2021/3/29 to Data Recovery

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“Hi, yesterday, I connected my WD external hard drive to my computer, it asked me to formatted WD external hard drive. In order to solve this issue, I formatted the WD external hard drive and lost all my data. Is there any way to get the lost data back?” - Charles

Formatting WD external hard drive is the fastest method to fix issues on the WD external hard drive or delete all data from the WD external hard drive. If you format a WD external hard drive without backup, you would lose all your documents in the WD external hard drive. Fortunately, there are some data recovery programs can help you completely recover lost files form the formatted WD external hard drive.

Download reliable unformat software for WD external hard drive data recovery

Once you realize you format the WD external hard drive by mistake or you have to recover lost data from the formatted WD external hard drive, stop using it. Before the lost data is completely overwritten by new data, you are able to easily recover all the lost data with data recovery software.

Donemax Data Recovery is a powerful, safe and easy-to-use data recovery program. It is able to help you unformat any type of hard drive or storage device. Whether you have formatted the WD external hard drive or you are facing WD external hard drive not format problem, you can use this software to completely get your lost data back.

  • Unformat WD external hard drive on Windows and Mac OS.
  • Recover lost data from formatted WD external hard drive.
  • Export data from an inaccessible or damaged WD external hard drive to your computer.
  • Fix unrecognized WD external hard drive.

Just download and install this unformat software to your computer.

Easy steps to unformat WD external hard drive

Donemax Data Recovery is a do-it-yourself data recovery program. It is pretty simple to use. Now, just connect the formatted WD external hard drive to your computer and start to get your lost data back.

Step 1. Select the WD external hard drive to start data recovery.

Run Donemax Data Recovery on your computer, and then select the WD external hard drive to start data recovery.

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Step 2. Scan the formatted external hard drive.

Just click on Scan button. Donemax Data Recovery will deeply scan the formatted WD external hard drive and find all recoverable files.

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Step 3. Preview and recover lost files.

Once the scan is completed, you can preview all recoverable files. Then select the wanted files and save them.

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After deep scan, Donemax Data Recovery will find all lost files on the formatted WD external hard drive. Then you can select the desirable files and save them to your computer. Before you get all lost files back, don’t save the recovered files to your WD external hard drive.


Is there any way to permanently wipe data on WD external hard drive?

Before you sell or donate an old WD external hard drive, you’d better permanently erase all your private data so that no information could be recovered by new owner. As you’ve seen, data recovery software is able to quickly recover formatted data from WD external hard drive even the WD external hard drive is formatted by high-level format method.

Data erasure software can help you permanently wipe data from a WD external hard drive to prevent potential data recovery. Follow the steps below to wipe WD external hard drive before you sell or donate it.

Step 1. Download and install one of the most powerful data erasure software - Donemax Data Eraser. Please note that once your data is erased by Donemax Data Eraser, the data will be lost forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery software. So, you’d better back up your WD external hard drive data before you wipe it.

Step 2. Run Donemax Data Eraser on your computer and connect the WD external hard drive to your computer.

Step 3. Run Donemax Data Eraser on your computer, choose data erasure mode - Erase Hard Drive. Then select the WD external hard drive.

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Step 4. Click on Erase Now button to format and wipe the WD external hard drive.

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Once the process gets finished, all data on the WD external hard drive will be gone forever.

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