Western Digital External Hard Drive Data Recovery

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Western Digital is one of the popular external hard drive manufacturers. It is important to create a backup copy of all of your files, so that when something happens to your computer, you may still be able to recover your data. Using an external hard drive is essential not only because of its ability to provide a backup copy of your files but also because of its portability. If you ever need to repair your external hard drive, you can send it in without having to send your whole computer. There are various ways to backup your data, and to be able to recover it later on, you need to know first how to prepare for disaster.

  • Back up your hard drive. You have the option to use the Western Digital's disaster recovery process. This will create a CD that will allow you to obtain your files in your external hard drive. When your computer crashes, you can restore the hard drive on your computer. Print all of the instruction that came with the process, as you may need this when you restore your data later. You can also use the back up software that is built into your operating system.

  • Connect and disconnect your hard drive to improve performance and to avoid corrupting your files. When you are using your computer and your hard drive is connected to it, you have to eject it from the computer if you are going to unplug it. You can do this by right-clicking on the drive and clicking on eject. This way, you can prevent the loss of data when the computer is writing on the hard drive.

  • Use the Retrospect disaster recovery program that came with the hard drive. If you need to recover your data, use Western Digital's disaster recovery process. Open the Retrospect program and click on the Restore button. Select the back up you want to restore and click next. Confirm your selection by clicking on next once again. Enter your password or product key when prompted and click on the folder where you want the data to transfer to.

  • Get a list of Western Digital's authorized data recovery companies. Western Digital do not provide data recovery services, but there are authorized companies who are able to perform these services on Western Digital Hard Drives. On their website, you can find a list of companies whose services you may use.

  • Send in your hard drive to Western Digital. If you think there is something wrong with your hard drive, you can return it to Western Digital provided that it is still under warranty. They may be able to replace your hard drive and assist you with any other data recovery that you may need to recover your files.

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