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post #1 of 11
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Put a password on my external Western Digital passport, its been a few months since I've used it and I can't remember the password.

I've gone all over WD's support site and for the most part they just say to reformat the drive and start over.

I'm thinking perform a quick format and then use a data recovery program like recuva to get everything back.

Opinions?
post #2 of 11
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What would be the best program to format the drive as well? Or should I just use their own included software?
post #3 of 11
Password probably means it's encrypted, so you won't be getting any data off it by recovery. Just format with Windows Disk Management...
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As stated above, it'd have to be encrypted. So no way you'd get the data back after a recovery anyway.

Best advice; jog that memory!
Surely you use similar passwords for things? Give them a try.

If you really don't care much for the data on the drive tho, go ahead and format.
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Password probably means it's encrypted, so you won't be getting any data off it by recovery. Just format with Windows Disk Management...

windows actually sees it as a cd, not an external drive.

I honestly could care less about the drive, but want the data. Maybe I could just open it up and bypass the USB interface that they have and plug it directly into my comp.
post #6 of 11
you should be able to reset it with the cd that came with the drive. I think that the WD drives come with a utility for a situation like that.
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post #7 of 11
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you should be able to reset it with the cd that came with the drive. I think that the WD drives come with a utility for a situation like that.

I probably don't have it. I did download some software off their website, but unless the drive is unlocked it won't let me touch it.
post #8 of 11
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windows actually sees it as a cd, not an external drive.

I honestly could care less about the drive, but want the data. Maybe I could just open it up and bypass the USB interface that they have and plug it directly into my comp.
Not likely. If it is password protected, the date it self would be encrypted I'd imagine.
So even if you did find a way to see the drives content, it'd be useless anyway.

But that depends on how it was locked.
So not saying it wouldn't work. Can't hurt to try.
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post #9 of 11
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well it would end up breaking the functionality of the external completely, so I'm only willing to do that as a last resort.
And seeing some answers in this topic, it is encrypted anyways so it won't even matter.
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well it would end up breaking the functionality of the external completely, so I'm only willing to do that as a last resort.
And seeing some answers in this topic, it is encrypted anyways so it won't even matter.
I've never run into an external caddy that couldn't have the drive taken out and put back in.
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