How to Wipe Clean a WD My Book Live

by Jacob Michael
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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Click the “Utilities” tab.

Step 3

Click “Factory Restore.”

Step 4

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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About the Author

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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