Data Recovery from WD Red Drive

We recently encountered a WD Red NAS drive that had failed and was not recognized by the device. The drive had been used for several years and contained critical business data for our client. Our team of experienced engineers took on the challenge and successfully recovered the data from the drive. In this case blog, we will outline the symptoms of the failed drive, our evaluation process, the data recovery process, and how we restored lost data.

Symptoms of the WD Red Drive Failure

The client reported that the device no longer recognized their WD Red NAS drive. They had been using the drive for several years to store critical business data, including financial records and project files. They had recently noticed the drive running slowly and frequently disconnecting from the network. 

Eventually, the HDD stopped responding, and the NAS device could no longer detect it. They tried connecting the drive to a different computer using a USB port, but it was still unrecognized.

Drive Evaluation and Root Cause Analysis

Our engineers began by examining the drive and determining the root cause of the problem. We found that the device was still spinning and had power, but the file system was corrupted, which prevented the NAS from recognizing it. Our engineers suspected that the cause of the file system corruption was due to physical damage to the drive’s platters or head assembly.

To confirm our suspicions, we used a specialized recovery method to examine the drive’s SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data. Technicians found several bad sectors on the drive, which indicated its failure. This was likely the cause of the file system corruption.

WD Red Data Recovery Process

Once our engineers had identified the root cause of the problem, we began the data recovery process. We created a sector-by-sector image of the drive, allowing us to work on a copy of the data without risking further damage.

Our special recovery technique helped us analyze the image and identify the files lost due to file system corruption. We could recover all of the client’s requested files, including critical business documents and financial records.

WD RED for NAS Recovery

Once we had successfully recovered the data from the drive, we worked on restoring the media itself. We replaced the damaged components and repaired the file system. 

Our technicians were able to successfully get the device to show up on the client’s NAS. We ran further tests on the drive to ensure it was functioning correctly and the client could resume using it without further issues.

What to Do When Your WD Red NAS Drive is Not Recognized

If you are experiencing similar issues with your WD Red NAS drive, there are a few things you can try before contacting a data recovery service. Here’s a few tips to help you.


Check Physical Connections

Ensure all cables linking your WD Red device to your NAS device or computer are firmly connected. Occasionally, connection issues can result from loose cables.


Power Cycle

Turn off your NAS device and unplug the power cord. Wait a minute, plug in the power cord, and turn on the NAS device. It can help reset the hardware and resolve minor issues.


Try a Different Port or Cable

If you have spare cables and available ports, try connecting the WD Red drive to a different port with a different cable. It helps rule out cable or port issues.


Check Drive Compatibility

Make sure your WD Red device is compatible with your NAS device. Some NAS units have precise requirements for the type and size of drives they can support. Refer to your NAS manufacturer’s compatibility list.


Drive Format and Partitions

If you’ve recently formatted the drive or created partitions, ensure that your NAS device supports the format and partitions. If possible, it’s a good idea to format the drive using the NAS’s interface.


Drive Health

It is important to verify the condition of your WD Red drive by using either WD’s diagnostic tools or a third-party SMART monitoring tool. If the drive happens to fail, it may become unrecognizable. Therefore, it is better to replace it.


Update Firmware/Drivers

It is important to ensure that your NAS device and the WD Red drive’s firmware are up to date. Updating the firmware can often solve compatibility problems.


Check Disk Management (Windows) or Disk Utility (Mac)

Access “Disk Management” on a Windows computer, or use “Disk Utility” on a Mac. Verify if the drive is recognized but not assigned a drive letter on Windows or not mounted on Mac. In such cases, it may be necessary to manually assign a drive letter or mount the drive.

If the drive is still not recognized, there is likely a problem with its system. In this case, it is important to stop using the device immediately and contact a data recovery company like PITS Global Data Recovery Services to minimize the risk of further data loss.

Advantages of Using Our Recovery Services

We pride ourselves on our experience and expertise recovering data from Western Digital hard drives, including WD Red. We use specialized recovery techniques and state-of-the-art tools to ensure the highest success rate for data recovery. 

With cutting-edge technologies, emergency service options, and experienced technicians, all the lost files you want to recover will be returned as soon as possible. Our engineers have years of experience working with a wide range of data loss scenarios. We constantly update our skills and knowledge to stay at the top of the industry.

24/7 Customer Support by PITS Global Data Recovery Services

If you’re facing a data loss situation, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our 24/7 data recovery services are available to you, 365 days a year. Let us help you recover your precious data today.

Risk Free Evaluation

We start the recovery process with a risk-free evaluation. Our technicians estimate reasons for data loss and the level of damage. Based on it, we select the most suitable recovery strategy.

100% Customer Satisfaction

With years in the data recovery industry, our company supports the highest customer satisfaction rate. We do everything to provide a positive experience for our clients.

Remote Customer File Verification Session by PITS Global Data Recovery Services

During our remote customer file verification session, you will thoroughly review all necessary documents and records to ensure accuracy and compliance.

50+ Locations in US

We offer data recovery services from over 50 locations across the US. This means that no matter where you are located, you can access our services to recover the data.

Certified Data Recovery Services

With our certified data recovery services and 99% success rate, we are confident that we can recover your precious data and get you back up and running in no time.

If you are experiencing issues with a WD Red NAS drive, it is important to stop using the drive immediately and seek the data recovery services of a data recovery expert. At PITS Global Data Recovery Services, we have the experience, expertise, and state-of-the-art tools to recover data from WD hard drives. 

Instead of using recovery software on your storage, contact us today for an evaluation and to learn more about our data recovery services. You can get in touch with our company by filling in the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is possible to recover data from a failed WD Red Drive, but the success of data recovery depends on the specific circumstances of the failure. Professional data recovery services with expertise in WD Red Drive recovery can help in retrieving the data.

  • Mechanical or physical damage to the drive.
  • Firmware issues or corruption.
  • Power surges or electrical problems.
  • Bad sectors on the drive.
  • Overheating or improper ventilation.
  • Component failure or malfunctions.
  • Human error, such as accidental formatting or deletion.
  • Inability to access the drive or files.
  • Frequent system crashes or freezes.
  • Unusual noises, such as clicking or grinding sounds, coming from the drive.
  • Slow or unresponsive performance.
  • Errors or warnings indicating drive failure.
  • Drive not detected by the operating system or BIOS.

Data recovery from a failed WD Red Drive is a complex process that requires specialized knowledge and tools. It is not recommended to attempt DIY data recovery unless you have the necessary expertise. Mishandling the drive or improper recovery attempts can lead to further damage and potentially permanent data loss. Seek professional help from a data recovery service experienced in WD Red Drive recovery.

If your WD Red Drive fails and you need to recover the data, follow these steps:

  1. Immediately stop using the drive to prevent further damage.
  2. Contact a professional data recovery service that specializes in WD Red Drive recovery.
  3. Provide the recovery service with information about the drive, including the model, symptoms, and any relevant details.
  4. Follow the guidance provided by the data recovery service for securely packaging and shipping the drive.

The duration of WD Red Drive data recovery depends on several factors, including the complexity of the failure, the size of the drive, and the specific techniques required for recovery. Simple cases may be resolved within a few days, while more complex recoveries can take several weeks. The data recovery service will provide an estimated timeframe based on the specific situation.

Data recovery from a failed WD Red Drive cannot be guaranteed in all cases. The success of recovery depends on factors such as the extent of the damage, the type of failure, and the condition of the drive. Reputable data recovery services will provide an evaluation and assessment before attempting recovery, but it is important to understand that complete data recovery may not always be possible.

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