I have a Western Digital MyBook Essential 2TB 3.0 USB external HDD which I've set a password a long time ago. I was using the same windows and I've tried to remove the password.I had access to the drive because I've set the option before to remember password on this PC,so I thought the lock was removed, but now I've had to change my OS and don't have access to my external HDD because of the lock.
I've read a lot here and there and I do not know which of the solutions work or how to perform them because there were no descriptions.
The solutions that I've read are:
1.Replacing the board that is locking the HDD<--where can i found one or how can i know if i bought one is good for mine?
2.Try to access the HDD using Linux<--somehow to bypass the hardware lock,but how can it be done?
My own solution would be:
3.Do a format on the HDD so the hardware lock would be erased with all with my data
(After 5 attempts WD diplays a message that there were too many password attempts and I should try again by unplugging the drive, turning it off and on and plug it in again OR clicking drive erase permanently erasing all the data on the drive so the HDD would be accessible again but with no data)
and performing a data recovery on the drive to recover the lost data. Which data recovery software do you recommend?
Which of the solutions would work?