||07-05-2011 11:55 AM
Why doesn't Westren Digital Support Linux for the external drives?
Hi Group, this is probably a fringe post, but I'm curious if anyone has any idea about this. My wife (naturally without consulting me) purchased a WDC "My PassPort" portable usb drive to backup her Windows 7 machine at work. It has an NTFS partition and should be accessable from a Linux box, but she choose to password protect the drive. This apparently requires an executable to run before the drive is unlocked. WDC has provided Windows and Mac versions of their unlock utility, but when I called told they said WDC doesn't support Linux.
It seems odd to me. Are we such a small community that they just don't care? I could remove the password protection and it would probably work with linux. I own a WDC "My Book" external usb/firewire drive that works fine under linux. Just curious why they don't care enough about us to have an linux unlock program.
While on the subject I will mention that this drive comes preformated with a virtual CD as one of the partitions. This is a new feature to me. I have not yet attempted to connect via linux to see what happens.