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Recover Data from Formatted WD My Passport hard drive for Windows & Mac OSX

How to Recover Data From Formatted WD My Passport

July 17, 2015

There are certain situations when photographers need to connect their single external hard drive to multiple operating systems. Most of the times, professional photographers need to do this as they usually store their photo collection in external drive. On the other hand, a particulate type of operating system follows a single file format to store data in an internal or external hard drive. For example, if we talk about Windows users, then the file system should be NTFS, similarly with Mac owners it should be HFS.

Usually, both the formats are not compatible with each other, therefore when it comes to external hard drive, the user cannot use one storage drive on both the platforms. But this time, Western digital has introduced a range of portable hard drives named "My Passport", which are designed for both Mac and Windows systems. These portable hard drives  are shipped in preformatted or in the NTFS (Windows) or HFS+ (Mac) format. In order to use the same drive on both the platforms, you need to format or reformat it using exFAT or FAT32 (DOS) format.

You have not take Backup before Formaating?

You formatted your hard disk and afterwards you discover that you need some important data which were present in your Hard Disk. If you have a data backup in some other location then it is fine but if you have missed out your routine backup plan and suffered from data loss then recovery software is the only solution to retrieve back data from your formatted hard drive.

In Case of Mac System:

Download Stellar MAC Data Recovery Software to recover back data from your formatted hard drive.

Step 1

Connect your external hard disk to Mac OS X system

Step 2

Select the Stellar Mac data recovery icon to launch the software

Step 3

 Click on the Start Scan button and go to the menu

mac data recovery

Step 4

Here, select your external hard drive. You will see a list of methods available. Select the desired recovery option and click on the ‘Start Scan' option to proceed.

Mac data recovery

Step 5 

After scanning the formatted external hard drive, it lists out all the files that can be recovered.  You can select the needed files and select recover to recover back all the files.

Mac Data Recovery


In Case of Windows System:

Download Stellar Windows Data Recovery Software to recover data from your formatted Hard Drive.


Step 1:

Run the software

Window Data Recovery

Step 2:

Under the ‘Data Recovery Tab, click on Drive Recovery. The formatted drive will be listed under ‘Drive Recovery‘. If it is not showing up then try to connect it externally using SATA/USB connector or directly into the motherboard.

Step 3:

Next, click on the formatted drive partition to select it. Once selected, you will get to see all data recovery options on the right hand side of the screen. Select the ‘Advanced Recovery’ and the suitable file system. (NTFS or FAT)

If you are looking for the lost or deleted hard drive partition, select the option ‘Select Hard Drive to Search Lost Volumes ‘under the same ‘Drive Recovery’ tab.

Window Data Recovery

Step 4:

You will be able to see the scanning process in the next step and all the missing or deleted files on the screen.


Window Data Recovery

Once scanning process is complete, a list of deleted files and folders is displayed on the screen. For recovery, you need to click on the check box to select the files for recovery.

Window Data Recovery

Step 5

After you click on the recover option, all the selected images will be recovered to the desired location

Window Data Recovery


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