WD External formatted and repartitioned on its own

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by EltonT, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. EltonT macrumors member


    Oct 23, 2010
    I had a 500gb WD external plugged into my rMBP while I was installing CS6 and suddenly the drive's desktop icon disappeared and reappeared as two partitions named "Mybook" and "EFI". I immediately ejected the drive and plugged it into my Desktop PC but unfortunately it got wiped clean and repartitioned for no apparent reason.

    The only WD software I had was WDQuickView for my WD NAS. I'm currently Disk Drilling my drive hoping to get everything back.

    Also I would like to know if it's possible to recover file/folder structures?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    [[ Also I would like to know if it's possible to recover file/folder structures? ]]

    Almost certainly, the answer to this is, "no".

    If you get your _data_ back, be happy about that.

    Don't buy WD again.
    Instead, buy a "bare" drive, then buy the enclosure or USB3/SATA dock of your choice.
    Assemble the drive yourself and use Disk Utility to initialize it.
    It's far easier than you think, and things will go better!
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    There's an incompatibility between WD's storage management software and OSX Mavericks. You should remove their software immediately from your computer and recover the data as soon as possible with a file recovery software. Reformat the drive in Disk Utility and copy your data over. Don't use WD's software, as external hard drives are pretty much plug-n-play.
  4. John.B, Dec 12, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2013

    John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch

  5. EltonT thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 23, 2010
    What file recovery software would you guys recommend? Disk drill has found a ton of files but I'm holding off from buying it due to mixed reviews.
    And how can I completely remove WD's software?

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