Western Digital my passport external hd suddenly became unknown, not initialized, unallocated, or wd did not show any size under disk management, is there any way to fix the wd disk unknown issue without losing data? Why wd external usb turned unknown not initialized?
A photo shows wd disk turned unknown not initialized in disk management
Initializing disk would remove all data from the wd disk, if you ever want to initialize wd disk without losing files, you can run iCare Data Recovery Pro Free to restore file from the uninitialized hard drive at first, and here are the steps to perform the recovery:
Step1. Free download iCare Data Recovery Pro on computer and select 'Lost Partition Recovery', or 'RAW Drive Recovery' scan mode for recovering files from the unknown wd disk.
Step2. Choose the unknown disk drive that shows not initialized and scan.
Step3. Save the files onto some other media.
If you do not care too much about the data on the wd disk, you may ignore the part 1 and directly go to the step 2 to get damaged wd disk fixed.
Part 2 - 5 ways to fix disk unknown not initialized
What if WD External disk cannot be initialized? Here are some related fixes that you may take into considerations.
WD portable usb hard drive are welcome by users as external storage devices to save their personal digital files, work files and the damage are mostly not coming with the data you stored but how you used it.
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WD shorted for well known Western Digital produces famous hard drives, portable hard drives with different series ranging from WD Elements usb 3.0 to My passport portable hd with different disk capacities, reading/writing speed with affordable prices.
Buying a new WD external hard drive is price cost efficient while losing files stored on the damaged disk would be a great loss for users.