Formatting/Reformatting a hard drive for a Mac. Open Disk Utility by clicking Finder - Applications - Utilities and finally click Disk Utility. Choose the hard drive that you want to format or reformat.
by Shirly Chen, 2017-02-14
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'Hi, I have a 2TB WD My Passport portable hard drive and a MacBook Pro. I am looking for a solution to format the WD My Passport portable hard drive on my MacBook Pro. Do you know how to do that?' – Jason
Do you know how to format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac? If you don’t have any ideas, you can find a reliable solution in this article. Formatting is a good method to help you regain the full storage of your WD My Passport portable hard drive. It is also a good way to remove virus-infected files completely. And with special tool, you even can permanently destroy all the data on your WD My Passport portable hard drive after formatting.
TWO easy methods to format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac
Of course, there are more than two methods that can help you format a WD My Passport portable hard drive under Mac OS. However, all of the solutions can be divided into two types: format, format & wipe. The difference is if the formatted data can be recovered by data recovery software or data recover service. Now, I will show you the two methods to format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac.
Method 1: format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac with disk utility.
Disk utility is a Mac application, you can run it on your Mac. It will list all the hard drives and devices on your Mac computer. You just need to select the WD My Passport portable hard drive and erase it. Disk utility will erase the data and format your WD My Passport portable hard drive. Some other applications also can help you quick format your WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac. Start Menu for Mac, for example, can help you quickly format your WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac.
Please note that this type of formatting can permanently destroy your data. The formatted data still stored on the unused disk space of WD My Passport portable hard drive and can be recovered by Mac data recovery software or manual data recovery service.
Method 2: format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac with Super Eraser for Mac.
You may know to how to recover lost data from formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive. So it is not safe to sell or donate your device if you just quick format it. It is strongly recommended to destroy the sensitive data before you sell, donate, give away or lend your WD My Passport portable hard drive to other people. Now, you need special Mac data erasure tool – Super Eraser for Mac to help you format WD My Passport portable hard drive on Mac and completely destroy the formatted data, beyond the scope of data recovery.
Step 1: Choose mode Wipe Hard Drive.
Run DoYourData Super Eraser for Mac on your Mac. It will automatically recognize your WD My Passport portable hard drive. Then click to choose Wipe Hard Drive mode to format/wipe the WD My Passport portable hard drive on your Mac.
Step 2: Format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive.
Click on Wipe Now button to format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive. All the data on the WD My Passport portable hard drive will be permanently erased. (If the WD My Passport portable hard drive is a NTFS drive, just click here.)
Once the process gets finished, the WD My Passport portable hard drive is formatted and all data on the WD My Passport portable hard drive is erased.
When you run Super Eraser for Mac to format your WD My Passport portable hard drive for Mac, it will format the hard drive at first. Then it will shred and wipe all the formatted data. And last, it will overwrite the unused disk space with zero bites. So once your WD My Passport portable hard drive is formatted by Super Eraser for Mac, all the existing data and history data on the device will be permanently lost, can’t be recovered by any method.
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Recover Data From Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive on Mac
Western Digital My Passport is a commonly used external hard drive for Mac. But data from any external storage drive can get deleted or lost due to different reasons. Below are the usual instances where you may lose or delete files from WD My Passport external drive on Mac. So, consider these factors carefully to avoid data loss in the future.
Common causes for data loss on WD My Passport external hard drive:
- Deletion of data files from WD Passport.
- Formatting/Reformatting the My Passport external hard drive.
- Corrupted or damaged file system.
- Ejecting the WD drive improperly/abruptly during the data transfer process.
- Virus attack to the WD external hard drive.
- Power surge issue
However, the above data loss problems can be resolved easily with the help of Remo Recover (Mac) software. Remo My Passport Recovery software has advanced built-in algorithms to recover files from external hard drives easily. Additionally, this software supports data recovery from HFS+, HFSX, FAT16, FAT32, APFS file systems.
Note: It is always recommended to perform WD data recovery before you add or save any file into it to avoid permanent loss of data files.
WD My Passport data recovery software on Mac:
Remo Recover (Mac) is a trusted WD Passport Mac software to recover files from WD external hard drives. This tool is effective in recovering files from lost or deleted partition of WD hard drives.
Remo WD recovery software Mac not only supports formatted/ reformatted recovery from various series Mac Passport drives like My Passport Ultra 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. But it also supports data recovery from other models such as My Book Velociraptor Duo, My Net HD Dual-Band Router, and many more.
5 Prominent Reasons To Choose Remo Recover Mac Software to restore files from WD My Passport on Mac:
- Remo Mac Hard Drive Recovery Tool is all in one data recovery tool for all the data loss scenarios like data deletion, data loss, missing files, corrupted, inaccessible and unreadable WD My Passport drive, etc.
- The Save Recovery Session feature of this tool helps you resume My Passport data recovery process from where you stopped previously.
- This WD Passport Mac software is a read-only application, which does harm the original lost or deleted file.
- This software allows you to preview the recovered data from My Passport on Mac for free.
- This tool has a unique feature of finding a particular file type of your choice from the recovered result.
How To Recover Data from WD My Passport for Mac?
Download and install Remo Recover Mac software and follow the below-mentioned 5 steps to recover data from WD My Passport for Mac easily.
Step 1: Firstly connect WD My Passport external hard drive to your computer and launch the Remo Recover (Mac) software.
Step 2: Select Recover Volumes/Drives option and click the Volumes Recovery option.
Step 3: Select the WD My Passport drive to perform WD My Passport data recovery and then click Next.
(Note: Click the below option to recover data from unrecognized WD My Passport or if My Passport external drive is not listed )
Step 4: Now, select Standard Scan and specify the file types to perform data recovery from WD Passport on Mac.
(Click Advance Scan option to recover data from corrupted, formatted/reformatted, unrecognized and inaccessible WD external hard drive)
Step 5: After the end of the scanning operation, this My Passport Recovery software displays all the recovered WD Passport files. Now you can click Save to easily retrieve them on a location of your choice.