Solved: WD External Hard Drive Not Working on Mac

Portable WD hard drive issues on Mac:

  • When I connect my WD passport portable hard drive with my Mac, I can’t find it, even the Disk Utility is not showing it.
  • The WD external hard drive connected with my Mac is greyed out on Disk Utility.
  • My WD portable hard drive is not working on my Mac.
  • When I click the connected WD external hard drive on my Mac, the systems asks me to format it.
  • There is no location when I click WD external hard drive on my Mac.
  • I can’t access to the data in my WD external hard drive on Mac.

If your WD external hard drive becomes unreadable or can’t be recognized by your Mac/Disk Utility, you can follow these steps to fix the issue.

Step 1: Recover Your Important Data from the Unreadable WD external hard drive on Mac.

If you can’t fix the unreadable WD external hard drive, you have to export your data immediately. Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac can help you recover and export your data from unreadable WD external hard drive under Mac OS. This software can find the unrecognized or inaccessible WD external hard drive, and help you export all your data from the WD external hard drive which is unreadable.

Here are the steps.

1. Download and install Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac.

First of all, download and install Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac. Then run it from Launchpad.

2. Choose and scan the unreadable WD external hard drive.

Now, connect the WD external hard drive with your Mac. Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac will show you the connected WD external hard drive. Then click to choose the WD external hard drive.

Solved: WD External Hard Drive Not Working on Mac

Click on “Scan” button, Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac will deeply scan the WD external hard drive and find all lost and existing data in the unreadable WD external hard drive.

Solved: WD External Hard Drive Not Working on Mac

3. Preview and recover your data.

After scanning, you can export and recover all your data to a safe location.

Solved: WD External Hard Drive Not Working on Mac

It is very important to export or recover your important data immediately. Before the data is gone forever, you can use Magoshare Data Recovery for Mac to quickly and completely recover your lost data from WD external hard drive which is not working on your Mac.

Step 2: Format the unreadable WD external hard drive.

In order to reuse the unreadable WD external hard drive, you can format it on your Mac. If you can’t format the WD external hard drive with Disk Utility, you can try AweEraser, a powerful disk formatter for Mac.

1. Download and install AweEraser.

Download and install AweEraser for Mac on your Mac, then run it from Launchpad.

2. Format the WD external hard drive with AweEraser.

Choose mode “Wipe Hard Drive”, then choose the WD external hard drive and click on “Erase” button. The WD external hard drive will be formatted and all data and errors will be erased from the WD external hard drive. Please note that once the WD external hard drive is erased by AweEraser for Mac, you can’t recover any data from the erased WD external hard drive. So, before you format the WD external hard drive, just recover your data at first.

Solved: WD External Hard Drive Not Working on Mac

With the 2 steps above, you can fix issues of the unreadable WD external hard drive on your Mac.

Posted by Peter, 2019-01-18