How to physically connect, disconnect, and install a WD external drive on a Windows PC or Mac

This article explains how to physically connect, disconnect, and install a WD external drive to a computer running Windows10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP or macOS. Choose an operating system from the table below for specific instructions:

If problems with disconnecting the drive occur, please see Answer ID 274: Unable to safely remove (unmount) a WD external drive in Windows for more information.

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Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Click here for Instructions
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macOS Click here for Instructions
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Unix/Linux (not supported by WD) Click here for Instructions
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