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Windows 7: locked WD external hard drive

31 Mar 2011   #1

Win7 64
locked WD external hard drive

bought a new computer, shifted the external hard drive over, and it is locked - the take ownership trick doesn't work - who designed this POS system?


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31 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

I use 2 different WD My Book external USB drives on 4 different PCs and never had any of them report the drive is locked.

So it seems that you did something to the drive on the old PC to make it look like it is locked to other PCs.
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31 Mar 2011   #3

Win7 64

all I did was hook it up - that's it
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31 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x 64 & Windows 8.1 Core/Pro x 64 & Win 10 TP

Additional info will help solve your problem such as, did you encrypt your drive using Bitlocker on your old computer (Applies to Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise versions), Did you password protect your drive using the older computer using the WD Smartware application that comes with some WD drives. Posting the model number of the external drive will determine if the drive came with WD smartware
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