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Password protect external hard drive

Saurabh Pillai
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Joined: Sep 12, 2008
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I have Western Digital HD. It does come with password protect software but it consumes lots of CPU cycles and even after killing it, it reappears like a daemon.

Any solution?
Peter Johnson
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Which OS? Windows? If so, get Autoruns from sysinternals and use to disable the software from running at system startup.

You might also look through the list of running services and see if there is one related to this software and disable that service.


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Ravi Shankarappa
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Did some google search and perhaps http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-Smartware/Removing-WD-Smartware-on-your-PC-amp-Getting-into-Password-WD/td-p/21717 can help you.
Saurabh Pillai
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I do not wish to install WD s/w.

Is there any easy to use software to password protect my external HD?
Peter Johnson
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I use TrueCrypt to password protect (and encrypt) my external hard drives. Password-protecting them without also encrypting them is pretty much useless.
Campbell Ritchie
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Saurabh Pillai wrote:I do not wish to install WD s/w. . . .
What does that mean? Read this.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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