Lost WD 1TB HD Smartware Password What to do?

October 12, 2010 at 03:56:26
Specs: Windows 7, 2.0GHZ/2GB
Hi, I have a WD Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB Hard Drive which comes with WD Smartware software. I had put a password in it without a hint and now I have lost the password. This hard drive use 256 bit hardware encryption. All my personnel and important data is in it and I am unable to remember the password. I just remember that the password starts with a S/s and is 8 or 9 digits long.

How can I unlock the drive without formatting it, is there any way to crack or hack the smartware and unlock it. I am willing to pay a hacker to hack smartware software and the password for me. What should I do?


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#1
October 12, 2010 at 04:22:09
You best bet is to contact Western Digital and see if they can help you. As it was they that wrote the software is is they that that will have the best idea of how to decrypt the data. They may have a back door password that might work.

Cracking 256 bit encryption is no trivial task. It is usually only the CIA and similar organisations that have the resources to do such a thing.

However, you will almost certainly be asked by WD to prove that you actually own the disk and the data therein is yours. They are not going to decrypt a hard disk just because someone asks them to and it will cost you. They are not going to do this for free.

Stuart


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#2
November 15, 2010 at 23:26:45
Hi cnsid,

am also facing the same problem if u have solution please help me . I have lost the password too.

my email id : (deleted)

thanks

rocky


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#3
January 20, 2011 at 19:18:03
did you find a solution? i am having the same problem!

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#4
June 5, 2011 at 12:01:46
WD tell u where to unclok your hdd. WD is a s---, cose they don't do it, just some parner's WD :
http://support.wdc.com/recovery/ind...

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#5
June 5, 2011 at 12:04:32
I got same problem, but in this case i know my password.. so..
i paid my hard drive then i told my friend the password, I told the paswword, even in a txt document I left it in writing.
So he don't so right.
I need unclok my hdd wd 1 Tb

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