Here’s what I think 99.99% of the people using WDTV would consider “automatically” to mean…
It automatically locks after some user defined period of inactivity of the WDTV
It automatically locks after some user defined period of inactivity of the HDD
It automatically locks after the completion of an entire file read from the HDD
It automatically locks after I press a series of keystrokes on the remote as I remain seated in my sofa
Any of those 4 would be fine with me
For me automatically does NOT mean walking over to some dark recess of my media closet to unplug and replug
the external HDD from the side of the player.
Note to the WD marketing folks…
So for the record I was considering buying one of your Smartware (ironic name) external HDDs so that I could have a password protected drive off of the WDTV. Now I will not. Instead I will just buy a generic encrypted HDD enclosure that uses a USB key to unlock the drive. Apparently my choice are…
A) Use the WD smartware drive and have to pulg/unplug drive AND enter in password
B) Use non-WD encrypted HDD enclosure and just plug/unplug USB key
I choose option B since it is less hassle.
If you want to enable your WD Smartware drives to be intelligently used on the WDTV then you need to tell the WDTV programmers to expend an hour or 2 of their time to implement option #4 above. Bonus points given for option #1.