Retrieve Missing Files / Folders from WD External HDD

from external hard drive“I have connected Western Digital external hard drive to my Windows computer to move certain files. But when I opened WD drive from Windows Explorer, I was surprised because some of the files and folders were missing from it. I tried to find those files using Command Prompt, but it was of no use and files were still missing from it. I am looking for a way to get back my files from WD external hard drive and I would really appreciate if I get any solution for my problem.”

If you have used WD external hard drive, then you might have already known about it. It is one of the popular external hard drive and people often use it to backup entire data from their computer; so that when something happens to system, they can still be able to restore valuable data from Western Digital external hard drive. Using Western Digital external hard drive is vital not only because of its ability to facilitate backup copy of your files and folders but also because of its portability. But files and folders present in WD external hard drive is not safe; even though you have backed up your files in Western Digital external hard drive, you should keep another copy on some other storage device. If you do not do it, then files and folders from WD external hard drive can disappear in the scenarios as listed below:

  • Virus/malware/spyware attacks on WD external hard drive will turn files and folders on WD external HDD into short cut and make them inaccessible
  • Formatting errors and other error messages may lead to missing of files and folders from WD external hard drive
  • Power failure, abrupt removal of WD EHD or sudden system shutdown while moving files from WD external hard drive to your Windows computer could be considered as one of the major causes for losing files and folders from WD external drives
  • Removing WD external hard drive without availing “Eject” option may sometimes result in missing of files and folders from it

WD External Hard Drive Recovery:

Do not lose hope when your files and folders are missing from WD external hard drive. You can regain them at any time, provided your WD external hard drive is not used after data loss. If you instantly want to recover lost files and folders from WD external hard drive, then use Yodot File Recovery software. The steps shown to implement this software looks very simple but the way it performs will really make you surprise. It includes two view types which are named as “Data View” and “File Type View”; it will help you to view recovered files and folders from WD external hard drive. You will be able to restore Microsoft Office files such as Outlook PST, OST, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc along with ZIP, RAR, PDF, SQL etc files stored on WD external hard drive. Also this file retrieval tool works excellently to recover missing files from external hard drives, internal hard drives, USB drives, memory cards and other storage medium on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

The program also assists you in retrieving generic media files. So when your precious pictures are not showing up on SD card, TF card or on any media cards then this software helps you to restore them easily.

Step by step instructions to regain missing files and folders from WD external hard drive:

  • Connect WD external hard drive to Windows computer and wait till it gets displayed on Explorer
  • Download Yodot File Recovery software to the computer on which you have connected WD external drive
  • Run the software and follow instructions given on-screen
  • When main screen comes up, choose “Lost File Recovery” to restore missing files and folders from WD external hard drive
  • Select the drive that indicates WD external hard drive and click “Next”
  • Once scanning process gets completed; list of recoverable files will appear on the screen
  • View restored files and folders using two view types which are “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • At last save recovered files in a desired location on Windows PC (not onto same WD external hard drive)

Helpful Suggestions:

  • Make sure that you correctly eject WD external hard drive after finishing your work
  • Always scan WD external hard drive with antivirus software before proceeding further to view or transfer files present in it

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