View My Passport stored password

Long story short: After several years of no longer entering any password to access my My Passport HDDs (and an upgrade to W10), I need to view the stored password for one of them, in order to be able to access the others. No need to say that they are locked with almost identical passwords, so if I’d see this one, I am saved :slight_smile:
Your help would be highly appreciated!

If passords were easily viewed or retrieved then from a security point of view …if you could, then anybody could … which defeats the purpose and is no security at all.

Sorry, but password protection is there to protect your private personal data from prying eyes and theives if your hard drive(s) are stolen.

If you forget your password(s) then you’re 80

From the WD Support Site …

  • The WD Security password protection is a 256-bit AES encryption.
  • If the password is forgotten, the information stored on the hard drive cannot be retrieved.
  • There is no “forgot password” option to reset the password.
  • If the password cannot be remembered, the files on the drive are not accessible.
  • WD Technical Support cannot provide a new password or alternative method to access encrypted data.
  • The drive can still be used and reformatted by clicking the Erase button.
  • The Erase drive process is Data Destructive and cannot be undone. Once the process begins, ALL THE DATA ON THE DRIVE WILL BE LOST!

https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4677

Hi Joey, thank you for the answer, I really appreciate your time and effort!

I was not thinking about brute force attack on the HDD (256-bit AES encryption), but about the fact that once the password is stored on my computer, it should be possible to decrypt it the same way it has been stored, using no brute force. I am definitely not an encryption specialist.

Even in case of a brute force attack, if the password length is 1 (let us say the owner is that uninspired) the SW would not even have to try billions of combinations, but probably less than a few hundred, using the Latin alphabet and the ‘classical’ QWERTY keyboard for Latin-script alphabets. If the average password length is maybe 20, it will not take long to have it cracked, even with the 256-bit AES encryption. Am I wrong?