WD Elements not recognized by my Mac (Calina) but identified by WD Discovery


I tried all the steps mentioned to have access to an unrecognized WD hard disk (scanning disks, restart USB ports, etc) the hard disc is not accessible from my finder, nor from terminal (volumes and diskutil list) … Yet it is detected by WD Discovery (but the image is not clickable).

Is there any other trick I can use before sending it to a professional ?

Thanks a lot

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Whenever you connect an external drive to your mac, the storage drive may not show up on Desktop, Finder, or even on Disk Utility due to various reasons:

  1. USB connectivity problem
  2. MacOS preference settings
  3. Partition map damage
  4. Device incompatibility
  5. Physical damage on a drive

However, to fix the issue, you can try the below methods:

  1. Check the USB connectivity
  2. Enable visibility of external hard drive
  3. Update macOS
  4. Repair external hard drive by using Disk Utility
  5. Repair external hard drive by using Terminal
  6. Erase the external hard drive
  7. If none of the above works, then the drive needs replacement

Hope it helps!