Why does WD Lock / Unlocker require administration rights?

It’s really bloody annoying.

I purchased the WD My Passport 2TB Portable Hard Drive because it had hardware hardware encryption thus it shouldn’t need a device driver like software hardware encryption programs do.

I’ve been trying to get a decently sized fast portable usb powered hard drive with hardware encryption and password protection that i can use on any PC regardless of account permissions for years now and i am still struggling.

Don’t you hard drive companies understand that people wish to use their portable hds at work as well as at home?

The only company i’ve found to include locking / unlocking software that doesn’t require admin rights is by Intergral but they don’t do portable usb powered hard drives, only memory sticks :frowning:

It’s obvious it can be done, i don’t just get why no one else is doing this?

Basically i’ve got a super small and fast 2tb hard drive that i can’t take advantage of the hardware encryption / password software because of this silly issue of requiring administration rights to access a drive when password protected.

My work PC runs Windows XP and when plugging the drive in (without a password), it loads up without the the need for an admin account.

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The Unlocker is poorly designed. When a standard Windows user account connects a locked drive and launches WD Drive Unlock.exe (prompt pops up in AutoPlay), UAC (User Access Control) elevation occurs and the administrator password is required. That is a the fault of the WD programmers - they should not require Admin permissions to do a simple drive unlock when the correct password is entered. The Unlocker should be rewritten to allow a Windows standard user account to enter the correct password and unlock the drive.

is there any way to do so “The Unlocker should be rewritten to allow a Windows standard user account to enter the correct password and unlock the drive.”