WD Drive Utilities was once called WD Quick Formatter, and now some users also mention it as 'WD Drive Utility' which now has been built into an all in one disk tool - WD Drive Utilities, which literally means it is a combination of many tools, and its name really got the point.
Here in this article we would share the following information with you.
It works on Mac OS 10.8.x (Mountain Lion) and above
You may download it here https://downloads.wdc.com/wdapp/WD_Utilities_Standalone_Installer_Mac_2_1_1_119.zip
It works on Windows Vista (32&64 bits) and above Windows OS (Win10, Win7, Win8.1 etc supported)
As a free hard disk tool, WD Drive Utilities is able to work for hard drives to diagnose possible errors on your drive, repair bad blocks, damaged errors, raid management, erase information on the drive etc. It has two editions, one for MAC, the other for Windows, which convers a population of users and make itself a handyful tool to keep. No much complain on this free tool since it is offered as free for users.
Video Guide - How to use WD Drive Utilities to Diagnose Drive, Format Media HFS+/EXFAT
There are usually at least two types of not working.
One, you may be not aware that WD Drive Utilities is only working with WD disks and WD USB external drives. It's not a program for other types of media. If you want to repair your disk not a WD brand, its better to turn to some other repair utlities. BTW, Windows provides bad sector scanning and repairing together with file system check and repairing inside of Windows. See more details here: How to repair damaged sd card media as example; how to repair damaged usb flash by Windows free tools
Or watch this video
Two, the media is dying that could not be repaired by any tool.
Three, the disk is not properly inserted that you may remove it safely and then reinsert with a better connection, still did not work? Try another usb cable.
What if WD Drive Utilities did not work for you? Here are some free alternatives that you may download for your computer or Macbook.
1, WD Drive Utilities for Mac Free Alternatives - Mac Disk Utility (free tool)
2, WD Drive Utilities for Windows - IM-Magic Partiton Resizer Free (free tool), see 5 free disk formatting tools for Windows
Last updated on Sept 14, 2023