I have searched and read about solutions to remove the unlocker from the Western Digital Drive. The drive is an external USB 3.0 500 GB drive. I see on the tag that the part number is 4064-705107-000.
One solution that I read about is the enter the password wrong 5 times. Supposedly, that would disable the unlocker. But, it didn’t.
Another solution was to run some sort of program from the “extras” folder on the drive. I don’t have that program. The extras folder simply doesn’t have that program in it. I may have previously deleted the program.
A third solution that I read about is to download and run the software called “WD Security for Mac.” When trying this method, one of the first screens that I come to wants me to create a password for that drive. This seems to be the opposite of what we want.
Ideally, I want to remove that small partition altogether and have just one big drive. But, at the very least I want to remove the prompt that is always asking for a password when I plug the drive in or try to use the drive after some period of non-use.
The WD locker seems absolutely detrimental to being able to use Time Machine with the drive.
By the way, I think the drive that I have is officially labeled as a Windows drive. But, I intend to use it with my Mac only for now.