I have several Passport hard drives and a My Book and never had a problem locking them with a password using the Smartware software. I usually would install the software on my computer, setup the hard drive’s password, then uninstall the smartware from the computer. Upon plugging in the drive, a password request would pop up, even without software installed. It worked great because it didn’t matter what computer I plugged it into - it needed a password.
I’m looking to buy a router that allows external hard drives to be connected with an included USB port (leaning toward the Asus RT-N66U) so I can wirelessly access it through the router. I would like to know if I can set a drive password and have a router access it?
I know I could just not set a password because the hard drive would be staying in my house connected to the router, but I’m worried about if someone broke in and stole the drive.
Follow-up question: If this is not possible with the passport drives, does Western Digital offer a different model drive that does offer password security that will work with a media router? Thanks for any help/advice.