Need help Disk Utility- mistakenly pressed delete HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by imac2go, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. imac2go macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
    hi guys,

    I need some help - I mistakenly pressed delete in Disk Utility for my USB WD Elements...
    now my Mac can't find the WD anymore... I could find something in google called Data Recovery Wizard and with that tool I can see the WD again, the only thing is, that I can only copy 2GB ...

    is there maybe another way to repair the WD ?

    Hope someone can help me out

    Thank you in advance
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you fully re-initialized (and erased) the WD drive, you're going to need data recovery software to get the files back -- and even then, that's no guarantee.

    I'd suggest trying DataRescue by ProSoft.

    Unplug the WD drive until you need to connect it for data recovery.

    You are probably going to need ANOTHER hard drive, to serve as the "scratch drive" for recovering your files.

    How data recovery apps work:
    - You download the app for free
    - You run it on the drive in question, it scans the drive and gives you a report of what it thinks is "recoverable".
    - The software lets you recover ONE FILE ONLY. This is to see if it will actually work for you.
    - You now pay the registration fee, get a code, enter the code, and the software "goes to work" on the problem drive.

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