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Old 12-30-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Need help with Western Digital Hard Drive

Ok so my dad got this external hard drive to backup some of his data, and I used Western Digitals built in software to password protect it. Sure enough, I can't remember the password and right now the drive is useless. Anyone know if there is a way around this? Will formatting the drive work? There isnt any data on there right now.
Old 12-30-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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You won't be able to format the drive without the password. So formatting is not going to work. I have heard that you can contact the manufacture of the disk and they can provide a password to unlock the drive -- but I have never heard of a person actually doing this and I suspect it is a myth... as the existence of a password like that would have a negative effect on the security of other existing drives.

I have also heard of exposing an EEPROM to UV rays... for drives that store the password in that manner. That's a more realistic solution but has other risks associated with it.

In short, remember the password. If you set it you should be able to remember it...
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