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Many people find it difficult to use the WD Elements external hard drive on their Mac computers/devices. Sometimes, the drive is locked when they try to use it on a Mac so that they are unable to write anything to it. This scenario is even more challenging if a person has used the WD Elements hard drive on a Windows computer earlier and the drive is in the NTFS format. So, in such cases, people want to unlock their drives on their Mac computers/devices.

How To Unlock Wd Elements Hard Drive On Mac

Can you unlock WD Elements hard drive on a Mac?

  • Since most of the Western Digital drives come in the NTFS format, they will be supported by Windows by default. So, if you wish to use a WD drive on a Mac, you have to reformat it such that it will be supported by the Mac operating system.
  • Therefore, you can unlock WD Elements hard drive on a Mac. Using a few simple steps, you can achieve this task easily. There are several third-party tools to do this procedure. However, we will be looking into the steps to reformat the drive manually.

Method to unlock WD Elements hard drive on a Mac:

  • Connect the WD Elements drive to your Mac device using a USB cable. Plug it into a power source.
  • Navigate to the Utilities folder and then choose the Disk Utility option.
  • Locate the WD Elements drive and click on it. This is a crucial step in the method to unlock the WD Elements hard drive on a Mac.
  • Once you have selected the drive, go to the top of the new window that displays. Here, click the Erase tab.
  • From the drop-down for the Format field, select the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) option. This option will make the WD Elements drive readable on a Mac but not on a PC. You can choose the FAT option instead because it works natively with all Macs and PCs. But this format cannot be used to handle files that are larger than 4GB in size. So, it is wiser to stick to the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatting option.
  • In the Name field, provide a suitable name and then click on the Erase button.
  • Now, complete the rest of the on-screen instructions to finish the reformatting. You will now be able to use the drive on your Mac.
  • You have now successfully unlocked the WD Elements hard drive on your Mac.