Format and Wipe WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive on Windows/Mac

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Ava

updated on 2020-07-07 to Data Erasure

When you get an old WD My Passport portable hard drive, you may need to format it to remove all data or make it be compatible with your Windows OS/Mac OS. Here, you can easily format a WD My Passport portable hard drive by using built-in disk tools on Windows or Mac.

format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive

How to format WD My Passport portable hard drive?

Here, just connect your WD My Passport portable hard drive to your PC. Then find it on My Computer, right-click the WD My Passport portable hard drive icon, then just choose format tool. It will help you securely and quickly format the WD My Passport portable hard drive.

format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive

If you can’t find the WD My Passport portable hard drive on My Computer, just open Disk Management, you can format your WD My Passport portable hard drive here.

format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive

If you are a Mac user, just open disk utility, it shows the WD My Passport portable hard drive on the left sidebar. Just click the WD My Passport portable hard drive, and click on Erase button to format the WD My Passport portable hard drive.

format and wipe WD My Passport portable hard drive

Recover lost data from formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive

If you format a WD My Passport portable hard drive by mistake without backup, just try data recovery software to help you get lost data back. TogetherShare Data Recovery, a powerful data recovery program, is able to easily recover all lost data after your format the WD My Passport portable hard drive. Here are the data recovery steps.

Step 1. Install WD My Passport portable hard drive.

Just download and install TogetherShare Data Recovery on your computer and connect the WD My Passport portable hard drive to your computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Choose the formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive.

Run TogetherShare Data Recovery, it will show the WD My Passport portable hard drive on the main interface. Then just select the WD My Passport portable hard drive.

Recover lost data from formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive

Step 3. Scan the formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive.

Just click on Scan button to scan the formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive and find lost files.

Recover lost data from formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive

Step 4. Preview and recover lost files.

Just preview all recoverable files once the scan is completed. Then select the wanted files and save them on your computer.

Recover lost data from formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive

TogetherShare Data Recovery offers advanced data recovery mode. It is able to find every recoverable file on your WD My Passport portable hard drive. This data recovery software also can help you recover lost files from unrecognized or damaged WD My Passport portable hard drive.

Permanently erase data from WD My Passport portable hard drive

As you’ve seen, even the WD My Passport portable hard drive has been formatted by disk tools, the data in the formatted WD My Passport portable hard drive still can be recovered by data recovery software. It would be a big security issue when you are going to sell or donate your WD My Passport portable hard drive. Here, we will introduce a reliable solution to help you permanently erase data from WD My Passport portable hard drive, making data recovery be impossible.

Step 1. Download data erasure software.

TS DataWiper is a powerful data erasure software. It is able to securely and permanently erase data from SSD, HDD, USB flash drive, memory card, digital camera, etc. Download and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Run TS DataWiper to erase data from WD My Passport portable hard drive.

TS DataWiper offers three data erasure modes:

  • Erase Files - permanently shred files from WD My Passport portable hard drive.
  • Erase Hard Drive - format and wipe all data from WD My Passport portable hard drive.
  • Erase Free Space - erase deleted data on WD My Passport portable hard drive.

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Once your data is erased by TS DataWiper, the data will be gone forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery software. So, please make a backup before you wipe your WD My Passport portable hard drive. TS DataWiper also can help you wipe data from WD Red external hard drive, WD Elements portable hard drive, etc. It is 100% safe data erasure software, will never cause any damage to your WD My Passport portable hard drive or other hard drive.