How to format a password protected (western digital) WD External Hard Drive Print
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To unlock or format a password protected WD external hard drive follow the below instructions.



  • Download the zip file and extract it
  • Run the .exe file and install the WD SmartWare application on your computer
  • Open the WD SmartWare and click on the External Hard Drive
  • You will be prompted to enter the password
  • Enter the password 5 times
  • You will then be prompted with an option to delete/format the hard drive
  • Tick the checkbox and proceed to format the disc
  • The resultant external hard disc will be a clean formatted disc with no password protection software.
  • You can re-enable the password protection with the WD SmartWare application