how to open or break password-protected WD USB3 external HDD

December 20, 2011 at 11:21:55
Specs: Windows 7
hello ihave problem with my external hard drive WD USB3 i put passward for it but i forgot my passward and i dont want to format it because i dont want to loss the files on it because that files very important, please help me how can i open my external hard or how can i break the passward.
thanks for helping

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December 20, 2011 at 11:31:11
You cannot, not unless you are willing to pay a cryptanalyst a lot of money to spend six months breaking the code.

The instructions for the drive quite clearly state that should you forget the password the data is irrecoverable, lost for good.

Besides, even if it were possible you would not get much help here as we have no proof that you actually own the drive and are not trying to break into someone else's drive. People do that.

You only option is to contact WD and see if they can help but I wouldn't hold out much hope.


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December 20, 2011 at 12:16:23
I agree with Stuart. I would also point out that common sense dictates you maintain at least TWO copies of any files you want to keep.

If you end up formatting the drive you might them try running recovery software to see if anything is then recoverable. I have no idea how encryption really works. Recuva if free and might be of some help at that point. Get recuva at the link below.

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