WD Data Recovery – How to Recover Western Digital Drive
Do you store important information such as family photos or word documents on a Western Digital drive? Has it suddenly gone on the fritz due to corruption or has someone accidentally removed files and left you scrambling to find a solution? Sometimes unexpected occurrences can simply leave you in a bind, but there is an answer in the following situations:
- Power Outages
- Storage Corruption
- File Deletions
- Lost Volumes
- Bad Sectors
Each of these situations has one problem in common: files are lost or deleted and seem impossible to retrieve. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Home Edition is a utility designed to help you quickly regain data from a Western Digital drive as well as other forms of storage including:
- External Disks
- Local Disks
- Flash Cards
- SSD Cards
The utility supports several types of storage media in addition to a large variety of file types for recovery. How can a recovery utility help you salvage data from a Western Digital drive? Basically, data is never removed from the drive until it is overwritten. This means, it sits there waiting for this process to take place and can still be retrieved from the storage media.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery may be used to scan the Western Digital drive and find these files based on their physical storage location. Once found, the results are displayed in the utility so you can easily preview them. This makes it easy to select precisely what you need to recover from the drive. To follow the tutorial below, you will first need to complete the install and then connect the drive to a computer if it is an external storage.
WD Data Recovery Steps to Restore the Entire Western Digital Hard Drive
This tutorial shows how to perform WD data recovery, regaining every piece of data stored on a Western Digital drive. However, Windows Data Recovery may be used to:
- Select specific types of files.
- Recover only certain formats.
- Retrieve individual files.
Be certain to open the utility and connect the Western Digital drive if it is an external storage source.
Step 1: Choose the WD Drive. In the main utility window, you will see a Drive Recovery option. Underneath this option, you will see a table showing each detected drive and storage media. Click on the Western Digital drive to select it for scanning. It will have a unique drive letter and show removable as the drive type.
Step 2: Complete the Drive Scan. Before the scan can begin, you will need to configure the type of scan. The utility provides two options for scanning when recovering a drive:
- Normal – This is a basic scan you can use to find most data stored on the drive whether deleted or lost.
- Advanced – When a normal scan does not locate the required files, you can perform a deep scan of the drive using the Advanced option.
By default, Normal is selected and clicking on Scan Now will trigger the scanning process.
(Note: You can tick the radial next to Advanced to proceed with this option. The rest of the steps in this tutorial remain the same when recovering with this scanning type as well.)
The recovery tool will appear as below once the scan has started:
Use the red circle and ‘X’ to quit the scan and return to the main window.
Step 3: Select the Entire Drive. It is helpful to change the scan result organization first to File Type List when configuring a custom data retrieval.
Since this tutorial shows how to perform a complete recovery of the drive, the only task you will need to perform is to check File Types(s) at the top of the file tree. This will mark every folder shown in the left panel for recovery.
Custom file recoveries may be done by ticking individual checkboxes next to each folder in the tree view. You may also click on a file type such as Graphics & Photos and then select specific JPG files on the right side of the screen in the same way.
Step 4: Complete WD Data Recovery. It is important to remember that the data has not been recovered just because it was selected in the scan results. You have to click on the Recover icon to complete the process. Choose a location to store the files and the program will finish the data retrieval.
Some data dilemmas are simply unavoidable like a power surge causing a part of your Western Digital drive to be corrupted or file removal during an application install. If you need to restore the files saved to a Western Digital drive, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Home Edition does the works. As shown above, only four steps are needed to regain everything on your drive:
1. Choose the WD drive.
2. Complete the drive scan.
3. Select the entire drive.
4. Complete WD drive recovery.