"I have a WD Portable HFS+ HDD but it reports not formatted error when I connect it to my computer running on Mac OS. Connecting this WD portable HFS hard drive to Windows computer, system recognizes it as a RAW drive and also asks me to format the disk drive. I want to know what will happen after formatting the WD portable hard drive. I want to convert this WD portable HDD from RAW to HFS+ file system, but it only allows me to format the external HDD from RAW to NTFS on Windows OS. Meanwhile, system prompts me that formatting will erase all data. What can I do to fix the WD HFS+ HDD not formatted error without losing data?"
"Can I open my WD portable HFS+ hard drive without formatting when it asks to be formatted? I tried all my best to access my WD portable HFS+ hard drive, but it says external hard drive is in RAW format needs to be formatted. I cannot format the WD portable hard drive because it contains thousands of photos and videos. Can you tell me the solution for data recovery without formatting WD portable HFS+ HDD which requires formatting?"
It is not a good situation that WD portable HFS+ hard drive reports not formatted error when you attempt to read or write data. Simply say, if you format the WD HFS+ HDD, you are able to fix the not formatted error but the disk drive will become empty after formatting. If you do not format the WD HFS+ HDD, you have no way to open the disk drive. Therefore, no matter what you do, you are unable to get back previous data from a device that requires formatting unless you use a data recovery tool.
A data recovery tool aims to extract files off storage media when you are not able to open the device due to not formatted error. iCare Data Recovery is such a data recovery tool which focuses on searching and recovering different types of lost files such as photos, videos, music, documents, etc when your WD portable HFS+ hard drive reports not formatted error message. This data recovery software supports all brands of external hard drive data recovery when it has not formatted error and becomes not accessible. This data recovery software provides a safe way to deep scan the WD portable HFS+ HDD when it wants to be formatted without causing any harm to the disk.
Tip: iCare Data Recovery is a data recovery program that is compatible with Windows OS, so you need to install it on a Windows PC to perform data recovery.
Preparation: Download and install iCare Data Recovery on a computer. Connect the WD HFS+ portable hard drive to this computer and run the software.
Step1. Select a proper scan mode after running the data recovery software.
Step2. Choose the WD portable hard drive and then wait patiently when the software is scanning to search lost files.
Step3. You are allowed to preview files after scanning and then select what you need to recover and save them to another drive.
You may run into the problem that WD external HFS plus HDD needs to format on Mac OS because HFS plus is a type of file system which can be recognized by Mac OS instead of Windows OS. It is quite possible that you may receive not formatted error alert on your WD external HFS plus HDD when you insert it to Mac computer for data storage or transferring. Although you receive WD external HDD not formatted error warning on Mac computer, you can connect the external HD to Windows PC to perform Western Digital data recovery by using iCare Data Recovery.
Why select iCare Data Recovery to recover data on Windows OS when WD HFS+ portable hard drive wants to format? Why not select a data recovery tool that is able to work on Mac OS for HFS+ RAW external HDD data recovery? Below are some reasons:
1. iCare Data Recovery is a clean and risk-free data recovery tool, which does not cause any damage to your external hard drive or previous data. Therefore, it is completely safe to use this data recovery software to perform data recovery.
2. Many data recovery tools are not compatible with Mac OS. Although some software claims that it is compatible with Mac OS, it has many limitations. Even worse, some software may cause unexpected disaster to your external hard drive during data recovery.
Although it is a imperfection that iCare Data Recovery is not able to work on Mac OS, the most important point is that this software enables you to recover all types of data easily including excel file recovery, ppt file recovery, word file recovery, video files recovery and photos recovery, etc when your WD portable HFS+ HDD asks to be formatted.