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I bought a wd external hard drive last year and inserted it with a password. now 8 months later i have forgotten the password and not many contents are inside. it is practically empty . i want to use it now. how can i unlock the drive?

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Unfortunately without the password there is no way to recover the contents of the drive. To make the drive usable again, you can reformat it (and lose all the current contents):

  • On a Windows computer, right-click the drive and select Format drive. Pick NTFS as the filetype.
  • On a Mac, go to disk utilities and select the drive you want to format. Click on the Erase tab, and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the Volume Format Type. Name the hard drive and hit the erase button.

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