To me the whole password thing is worthless.I dont need password protection on the drive since I am the only one going to use it....
I may sell this drive they are sending me and get another one that has not passwording in it.Those that do have password stuff is useless.
Well, that's why the My Book Essentials drives (password-capable) cost more than the Elements drives (not password capable -- just a bare drive). You could have saved money in the first place if you hadn't paid extra for features you didn't want.
When I got it I fomated the drive which wiped out all of the crap on there so I dont know how the password got on there.
The password features/encryption are on the controller, not on the drive... you can't get rid of them by formatting the drive. The unlocker application is on a non-removable VCD partition (which may or may not be hidden, but can't be removed). All you removed was the SmartWare application.
I have called the so called tech support and it was useless.All they could do Is send me a replacement
Well, not that it helps you now, but they do tell you that in the manual. Even they can't access the encrypted data off the drive:
CAUTION! If you forget your password, you will not be able to access the data that is on your drive or write new data to it. You will have to erase the drive before you can use it again.
Warning: WD Cannot retrieve your password. If you forget your password you will permanently lose access to your data.