Get Data off WD My Book Essential on Mac

“I stored all my backup data from MacBook on WD My Book Essential external drive. The data read & write speed of this drive was just awesome. It held all my personal documents, folders, movies, songs, important pictures and many more. But today as I connected this drive to copy few files from it, I wrongly formatted it by clicking on Erase Hard drive option in Disk Utility. This has removed all my data from WD My Book Essential portable hard drive. Is there any method to restore data from formatted WD external drive on Mac? Please help to resolve my situation by providing suggestions.”

WD is a large hard drive producer for various computer platforms. Among its wonderful hard drive models, My Book Essential series of external hard drives delivers outstanding performance. It comes in various storage capacities including 320GB, 400GB, 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. Interfaced with USB 3.0, this external hard drive includes Power Management feature to save power usage and My Book Essential HDD performs brilliantly on Mac computers. But certain times users might lose crucial data from WD My Book Essential USB hard drive in scenarios like:

  • Frequent removal of WD hard drive from Mac machines in abrupt way can cause its corruption leading to data loss
  • Partition Map corruption and file system corruption on WD My Book Essential due to incorrect format process, logical errors, using the drive on different platforms, etc. will lead to loss of entire volumes from WD My Book Essential drive
  • Corrupt volume as a result of malware intrusion to My Book Essential removable drive will make all its data inaccessible
  • Accidental deletion or formatting of any volume from WD My Book Essential hard drive without complete backup will erase useful data

Data from My Book Essential external hard drive can become futile in all above scenarios, if user do not posses good backup. In these instances, WD My Book Essential data recovery on Mac can be performed using third party data recovery tool like Yodot Mac Data Recovery. This software is exceptionally built to bring back data from hard drives on Mac computers with extreme ease. It can retrieve data like MS Office documents, photos, videos, folders, music, PDFs, compressed archives and rest all file types from WD My Book Essential external hard drive. This utility can even retrieve data from WD Caviar, WD My Book Studio and other hard drive models by Western Digital brand that are formatted with FAT32, FAT16, HFS, HFS+ and HFSX file systems. Apart from WD, this tool can even rescue files from Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, Buffalo, ADATA and other popular hard drive models on Mac machines. It can be utilized on Mac Mini, Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook notebooks to recover inaccessible hard drive data easily. The software is flexible to work on Mac computers running with Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks OS X versions.

Steps for recovering data WD My Book Essential hard drive:

  • Connect your WD My Book Essential to Mac computer using proper USB cable
  • Download the software on that computer and install it
  • After running the software, wait till main screen gets displayed
  • Click on ‘Volume Recovery’ or ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’ according to data loss scenario happened on WD drive
  • Next, from the list of drives connected to Mac system, choose WD My Book Essential external hard disk from which data has to be restored
  • Further, select the file types that are to be retrieved from WD drive or else simply skip the step
  • By clicking next, software completely scans WD hard drive and comes up with a list of recoverable files
  • View these restorable files in ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’ and then ‘Preview’ selected media files
  • At last save the data to desired destination location on host Mac computer or on any external storage drive other than WD My Book Essential portable drive

Important Note:

  • Keep multiple copies of essential files from WD My Book Essential drive on Mac computer as well as on other storage devices
  • Do not use WD My Book drive on other operating systems, which is been used in Mac OS X