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Old 05-24-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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Post Western Digital Passport in Linux.

How can I mount a WD portable HDD that is Locked? I found two ways but can I find another easiest ways?

1- Unlocked WD in Windows and Restart PC and Logging into Linux, Then WD remain unlocked.
2- Use Virtual Machine with Windows Guest. Unlock WD in Windows Guest and shutdown VM, Then In Linux WD appear Unlocked.

How about another ways?

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How did you "Lock" it . Did you encypt it,or did you use the software?
Old 05-24-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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The solution for mounting below may may not apply to your question. It is a remote mount as opposed to using a USB port that is physically on the computer itself. See the "fstab" entry below. Please note that I formated My_Passport to EXT3. The modem did not recognize EXT4. Furthermore, My_Passport seems to work better with EXT3 over NTFS.

#Mount Western Digital Passport USB Drive Located On Router
//rt-n56u/sda1 /media/My_Passport cifs rw,sec=ntlm,guest,uid=1000,gid=34,iocharset=utf8,nofail 0 0
Old 05-24-2015, 11:48 PM   #4
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I locked WD with password and it can't support Linux. WD software is just for Windows.
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Best option would be to plug drive back into Windows system, unlock drive and remove the lock. Then locate one of the (many) cross platform tools to encrypt or lock your drive so that in the future you aren't going back and forth.

It would appear as though the WD Smartware software requires quite a bit of .NET, yet I am unsure as to whether or not wine + mono would allow you to unlock the drive. Seems like way too much trouble if you can simply plug it back into Windows and remove the lock.
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What is your suggestion about Encrypt it? TrueCrypt or Etc?
As you know, WD Encrypt and remove files from HDD that can't recovery but how about other Encryption?


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