How to fix WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on September 18th, 2018

A few days ago while I was trying to transfer files from the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB to the Time Capsule, it suddenly became unrecognizable. I've replaced the cable (no difference) and also run the Disk Utility on it. Disk Utility displayed the drive as uninitialized. It allowed me to run first aid, but then it just said "operation successful" and there's no change to the drive. Please help!

WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac

Similar to what happened above, when WD My Passport is uninitialized on Mac, Disk Utility may show the drive uninitialized and all partitions get lost. Most of time, Disk Utility doesn't even read the drive. In this case, each time you plug into your WD My Passport, the operating system can't recognize it, making all data on the drive inaccessible. Have no idea of what goes wrong? Just keep reading. This passage will focus on how to fix WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac without data loss.

How to fix WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac?

Unfortunately, First Aid can only repair some tiny disk errors, WD My Passport uninitialized issue is beyond its capability. Under this circumstance, initializing the external disk is the most effective and easiest way. But if you have useful data, please back up before initializing. Forget to make any backup? iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help you.

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Step-by-step tutorial to recover data from uninitialized WD My Passport on Mac

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on your Mac.

Step 2: Click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right corner and then choose the uninitialized WD My Passport to scan all lost partitions on this drive.

Recover data from uninitialized WD My Passport on Mac

Step 3: Select the partition where you lost data and click "Next" to scan all lost files on this partition.

Step 4: Preview the scanning results, and click "Recover" to finish recovery process.

Step 5: Go through to ensure you have got all lost files back.

Try to initialize WD My Passport on Mac

If you have made a backup of WD My Passport or you don't care about the data on the drive, you can directly initialize the drive in Disk Utility.

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility from Utilities.

Step 2: Select the uninitialized WD My Passport on the left part of the window.

Step 3: Click the Erase on the top of the Disk Utility window.

Step 4: Complete the related information (name, format, scheme, etc.), then click Erase button.

Common reasons for WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac

If you want to find out the cause of WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac, please recall what operations you did with the external hard disk before your hard drive not initialized. Did you plug the drive into unsafe computer? Did you interrupt the process when trying to partition the drive? Did you experience power failure or system crash when using the portable drive? Here are some general reasons for WD My Passport uninitialized:

1. File system corruption.
2. Virus infection.
3. Bad sectors.
4. Head volume corruption.
5. Connection problem.

According to your own situation, you can determine what might be the real cause. Even so, the most important thing is to fix WD My Passport uninitialized on Mac.

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