How to Wipe Clean a WD My Book Live

by Jacob Michael

The Western Digital My Book Live is an external hard drive that connects to a local network to provide on-demand personal cloud storage. If you’re selling your My Book Live or need to completely wipe the drive clean for any other reason, perform a full factory restore to reset the device back to original manufacturer settings and securely wipe all data from storage.


Click the File Explorer icon on the task bar, click “Network” and double-click the My Book Live icon to launch the My Book Live dashboard.


Click the “Utilities” tab.


Click “Factory Restore.”


Select the “Full Factory Restore” option and click the “Start” button.


Click “Yes” to confirm the drive wipe.


  • You will need to reconfigure network and cloud storage settings after performing a factory restore.

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Jacob Michael has been a freelance writer since 2010, with expertise in computers, cooking, travel and other topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is pursuing a master's degree in American studies.

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