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WD Security

WD Security

  -  13.5 MB  -  Freeware
WD Security is useful if you have Western Digital drives and want to add password protection to them. That way, you don’t have to worry about unauthorized access to your WD drives. You can easily secure data on these drives with WD Security. All it takes is a couple of clicks.

WD Security for PC is a robust software developed by Western Digital, a well-known name in the world of data storage. This PC software is designed to enhance the security of your Western Digital external hard drives, ensuring that your sensitive data remains protected from unauthorized access. With the app, users can set up password protection and hardware encryption for their Western Digital drives, providing an additional layer of defense against potential data breaches.

Once the application is installed, take your compatible WD drive and attach it to your computer. It can automatically detect its compatibility after it’s attached. The main window will display the security settings, drive letter, name, and storage capacity of the drive. If you want to automatically unlock the WD drive, choose the “auto unlock” choice in your settings.

  • Unzip the file into a folder and double click the .exe file to install
  • It is so easy for a new password to be configured. In the appropriate fields, type in the security key that you want as your password. Then choose “save.”
  • Make sure you write down or remember this password. WD Security app does not have a “lost password” option if you forget. The only thing you can do is set a password hint. If that doesn’t help you remember your password, then you’ll have no way to access your data.
  • When you create a password with Western Digital Security for your WD drive, the data on the drive will also be encrypted. This makes it impossible for anyone else to retrieve your personal documents and files.
Applicable Products

My Book, My Book for Mac, My Book Duo, My Book, My Book Duo, My Passport Air, My Passport Ultra Metal, My Passport Ultra (WD Backup), My Passport for Mac, My Passport, My Passport for Mac, My Passport SSD, My Passport Ultra, My Passport Ultra (USB-C), My Passport Ultra for Mac (USB-C).


Password Protection: The software allows you to set up a password for your Western Digital drive. This means that even if your drive falls into the wrong hands, unauthorized users won't be able to access your data without the correct password.

Hardware Encryption: It supports hardware encryption, which is a powerful method to secure your data. Data on your drive is automatically encrypted in real-time, making it nearly impossible for anyone to access your files without the encryption key.

Drive Locking: You can lock and unlock your Western Digital drive with ease through the interface. This feature adds an extra layer of security when your drive is not in use.

Auto Unlock Option: For convenience, it allows you to set up an auto unlock feature for your drive when it's connected to your computer, so you don't have to enter your password repeatedly.

Drive Status Indicator: The software provides a clear status indicator, so you can quickly check the security status of your drive.

User Interface

It boasts a user-friendly interface that's easy to navigate, even for users with minimal technical expertise. The main screen provides a clear overview of your drive's status, including whether it's locked or unlocked. Setting up password protection and encryption is straightforward, with intuitive options that guide you through the process. Overall, the interface is clean, responsive, and well-designed.

Installation and Setup

Installing the WD software is a breeze. The software comes with an installer that guides you through the process step by step. Once installed, setting up password protection and encryption for your Western Digital drive is also straightforward. You'll be prompted to create a secure password and generate an encryption key during the setup process. It's important to keep these credentials safe, as losing them could result in data loss.

How to Use

Launch the Application: Start by opening the application on your PC.

Select Your Drive: The software will detect your Western Digital drive automatically. Select the drive you want to secure.

Set a Password: You'll be prompted to set a password for the drive. Choose a strong, memorable password.

Enable Encryption: If you wish to enable hardware encryption, follow the on-screen instructions to generate an encryption key.

Lock and Unlock: From the main interface, you can lock and unlock your drive as needed. When you're finished using your drive, lock it to prevent unauthorized access.


Is WD Security compatible with all Western Digital drives?
WD Security is designed to work with most Western Digital external hard drives. However, it's essential to check the official Western Digital website for a list of supported drives and compatibility requirements.

What happens if I forget my password or lose my encryption key?
Unfortunately, if you forget your password or lose your encryption key, it's challenging to recover your data. Western Digital takes data security seriously, and there are no backdoors for unlocking drives without the proper credentials. Make sure to keep your password and encryption key in a safe place.

Can I use WD Security on a Mac computer?
The app is primarily designed for Windows PCs. Mac users can use Western Digital's WD Drive Utilities software for drive management and security features.

Does WD Security impact drive performance?
Hardware encryption can have a slight impact on drive performance, but for most users, it's not noticeable during everyday use. The added security benefits typically outweigh any minor reduction in speed.

Is WD Security a one-time purchase, or is there a subscription fee?
The program is typically included for free with Western Digital external drives. There are no subscription fees associated with the software.


The app is typically included for FREE with Western Digital external hard drives. There are no additional charges for using the software.

System Requirements

A Windows PC (WD Security is primarily designed for Windows)
A Western Digital external hard drive that supports WD Security
An available USB port


Easy-to-use interface.
Password protection and hardware encryption for data security.
Auto unlock feature for convenience.
Clear drive status indicator.
Included for free with Western Digital external drives.


Limited to Western Digital drives.
Data recovery is difficult if you forget your password or lose your encryption key.


WD Security is a valuable tool for anyone looking to secure their Western Digital external hard drive. It provides straightforward password protection and hardware encryption, ensuring that your data remains safe from unauthorized access. The user-friendly interface makes it accessible to users of all levels of technical expertise. The program excels in its intended role and offers peace of mind for Western Digital drive owners. Just remember to keep your password and encryption key safe, as data recovery without them can be extremely challenging.

Note: Requires My Passport drive.

Also Available: Download WD Security for Mac

What's new in this version:

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- Update new WD Drive + Icon and Naming

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- Support for new WD Drive +

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- Support for new My Passport Type-C

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- Improvements in support for enabling Memory Integrity in Windows 10 version 2004 and later

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- Support for enabling Memory Integrity in Windows 10 version 2004 and later

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- Support for new My Passport drives

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- Support for new My Passport drives