When I plug the USB cable in, the drive appears as a CD disc. I can enter a password, and am good to go.
When I am done, I have no way to dismount (protect the data) except to use the “Safely remove hardware…” function. Most of the time this fails because the drive is somehow “in use” even when I have closed ALL windows and all tasks that seem related to WD.
If I log off, the encryption remains off, and files can be copied by others using a good data-recovery program.
If I successfully manage to "dismount the drive with “Safely remove hardware”, the drive disappears, and only a physical unplug/replug makes the CD reappear so Smartware can remount it. I leave my drive connected during the day, but would like to keep it encrypted when I am not at my desk.
5, USB 2 connectors are only rated for 1500 plug/unplug cycles, and get less reliable with use. Connector failure causes random connect/disconnects and possible data loss; eventually perhaps a motherboard or computer replacement. I already have a notebook with 3 flaky USB ports.
SO the question is how do I mount/dismount the drive without having to unplug/replug the cr-ppy USB connectors?
BTW: I could solve the problem by uninstalling one of the the “Enhanced host controllers” using Device Manager. It immediately reinstalls and thereby finds the drive. However, this will affect ALL USB drives on the computer.