Unlocking a WD My Book Essential external hard drive

October 2016

At times, a user may be left with locked a WD external hard drive. In the process of unlocking it the hard drive will be totally wiped out. The process would include a download. The user must locate the disk entry of WD. The next step would be to click on download and then follow the instructions which include extracting the download file. The license agreement must be accepted by the user with a click. The user must wait until the whole process is complete before leaving the page

If your WD external hard disk is locked with a password (one you can't remeber anymore), you can still unlock it, but at a cost.

The hard disk will be completely wiped out (all data shall be lost).

Steps to follow:

1 - Locate your WD disk entry, click on Windows or Mac according to your operating system.

2 - Click on the Download now link at the bottom and download the software.
  • Unlock instructions :

1 - Extract the zip file you've downloaded then run the.exe.

2 - Select Continue to update and accept Licence Agreement.

3 - Next select Update Firmware

4 - Check the check box "I understand ......" under Warning section, a button "drive erasure" will appear.

5 - Click on drive erasure button

6 - Wait until the end of the process and quit

7 - Unplug/turn off the passport and plug it back in. Your WD passport is unlocked

Thanks to warend for this tip.

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