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I have a Western Digital Mybook Essential external HDD 2TB which is password locked. Well with my old OS it showed me that is unlocked, but as I changed the OS it's showing that is locked, I've already tried all the possible combinations of passwords that I could remember but no luck. I'm using Knoppix now to access the HDD somehow but I don't know how.

  • fdisk -l doesn't show the HDD.

  • lsusb is showing me that it's connected

  • In /media/sr1 appears the WD Unlocker mounted, but the HDD itself is not showing.

If I can't access the HDD by bypassing the lock then it's even possible then to retrieve the data from it if I format the locked HDD? Because as I've read the hardware locked devices have a formating technique after which the data cannot be retrieved (is this true?).

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It might be a good idea to contact Western Digital support directly. – mdpc Dec 3 '12 at 18:21
One would hope this isn't possible. If its actually secure, it shouldn't be. – derobert Dec 3 '12 at 18:30
Use the previous operating system installation to unlock the drive and then disable this "feature". You can then secure the drive again later, if necessary. – Michael Hampton Dec 4 '12 at 4:01
well contacting Western Digital support is useless because it is stated in the manual that in these type of situations they cant do anything.well the only choice then is to install the previous os to try to unlock it.thanks for the reply – K Atti Dec 4 '12 at 13:24

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