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Western Digital Disk Recovery: How to Recover Data from WD Elements

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

Can I Recover Files from Western Digital External Hard Drive?

"I have a 500 GB WD Elements external hard drive. I have about 40 folders with many valuable files on it. This morning when I opened it I found that more than 10 folders were disappeared. I’m also sure that I haven’t deleted any of them. Would someone be able to tell me how I can recover files from a WD Elements external hard drive? I will appreciate any help you'd be able to extend. Thanks."

Well, system error can be the main reason for your folder disappearing. However, you don’t have to be too worried about it. My suggestion for you is to stop using your WD Elements external hard drive and look for an external hard drive recovery software utility to help you immediately. Because as long as your lost folders have not been overwritten by new data on your drive, you can possibly retrieve them with a WD Elements data recovery program.

In this article

Part 1. The Best Western Digital Hard Drive Recovery Software

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Data loss scenarios on WD hard drive

Mac hard drive failure recovery Data stored on the WD external hard drive can be lost due to the below causes.

  • WD Elements not working or detecting
  • Lost partitions from WD external hard drive
  • Delete files unintentionally or mistakenly
  • Format Western Digital Elements without data backup
  • Corrupted WD Element hard drive due to a system crash
  • Power outage or computer shutdown during files transfer
  • Malicious virus attacks and malware infections from the computer

No matter whichever data loss scenario occurs, you are empowered to recover data from the Western Digital Elements hard drive, as long as you get Recoverit Data Recovery.

Part 2. How to Recover Data from Western Digital Hard Drive

1. Watch the Video for Western Digital Disk Recovery

This video tutorial is intended to aid you in recovering data from Western Digital's external hard drive. Watch the 1-minute video and retrieve data back.

2. How to Perform Western Digital Disk Recovery

Download and install Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer, launch it, and follow the next steps to scan your WD Elements hard drive to perform Western Digital Disk Recovery.

1. Select "External Devices Recovery"

With Recoverit hard disk recovery, please select a data recovery mode. To recover data from the Western Digital disk, you can select the "External Devices Recovery" mode to start.

select external devices recovery

2. Connect Western Elements hard drive

Please make sure your Western Digital hard drive has been connected to the computer and can be recognized. Click the "Next" button to process.

3. Choose the connected WD Elements drive

Select your Western Digital(WD) Elements external hard drive where the data gets lost, and click the "Start" button to look for data.

4. Scan the Western Digital hard drive

Recoverit data recovery will start a quick scan to search for lost data. You can preview some recoverable files after the scan.

quick scan lost data from western hard drive

5. Deep scan the external hard drive

If you cannot find your files, you can go to scan again with the "All-Around Recovery" mode. It will scan and search more files from Western hard drives, but it will take more to complete the scan.

6. Recover files from Western Digital Elements' external hard drive

1After the scanning, the found contents on your WD Elements external hard drive will be displayed in the window. You can check whether your lost files can be recovered or not from file names.
2Then you just need to mark the files you want to recover from WD Elements external hard drive and hit the "Recover" button to save them to your computer.

recover files from Western Digital elements disk

Note: To avoid recovered files from being overwritten, please do not save them back to your WD Elements external hard drive during the recovery process.

Do you need to recover data from other makes of external hard drives? Check out these pages and get external disk recovery solutions.


Can the WD hard disk be repaired?

Yes, WD hard disk can be repaired When confronted with a problem, a simple restart of your computer and your WD hard disc may suffice. However, if this is not the case, you may need to update the WD hard drive device driver, enable the USB device in BIOS, or format your Western Digital hard disc to a compatible file system.

Does Western Digital make data recovery?

Western Digital does not provide data recovery services themselves. However, they have multiple data recovery partners. Several of their Data Recovery partners offer services all over the world. Contact one of their partners for information and assistance if you require data recovery services.

How do I fix a dead Western Digital hard drive?

How do I know if my HDD is dying?

Can a hard drive last ten years?

The average hard drive lasts between three and five years before failing and needing to be replaced. Some will endure more than ten years, but they are the exceptions. The average hard drive lasts between three and five years before failing and needing to be replaced. Some will endure more than ten years, but they are the exceptions.

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