Unless of course you don’t have a My Book, but have a My Passport. Hi, Joey Smyth. I see the LED light flashing every now and then. So a simple failure of the USB or power connector can mean your data is gone. All opinions are my own. The PCB built into the drive's enclosure automatically encrypts everything wriiten with a unique key making it a huge problem if you ever need to pull out the drive and access it directly. I pulled the drive into a generic enclosure, and although the drive mounted, it could not be read. Western Digital MyBook Drive Lock Encryption – Failure and Recovery. Perhaps WD encrypted drives provide a small fully non-encrypted volume for their “Virtual CD” volume. WD My Book and WD My Passport drives have the hardware encryption feature while other products such as the WD Elements - don't. I agree that data recovery is more difficult though. For this reason I have never and will never purchase a WD external drive again. I would like to know how wipe it and insert it into my PC because I tried with generic USB enclosure, but I couldn’t do anything. It's fairly safe to say that WD Elements is a more popular external hard drive, based on its 100,000+ reviews. I want to know now that if I fix the broken USB, can I retrieve my data, even though I quick formatted (outside) of the encryption chip on the hardware? By this time I had purchased a 3 Tb drive to expand my storage area, but since I have been burned by 2 My Books I want to just reformat the 3 Tb drive and use it without the encryption board. My Passport Go is even more expensive yet lacks the hardware encryption. That’s it. Thats what I am hoping. I’m going to get my data off here ASAP and never use WD drives again! Yes JoeySmyth. I plugged the drive into my computer when I received it and began storing data. sounds OK and there is no burning smell. My HDD stopped all of a sudden. lesson learned – do not buy name branded external storage units! WD Element Desktop and My Book, both are desktop hard drives and have higher data transfer speed with USB 3.0. Data recovery service is probably your best bet…. It appears anyone getting hold of the vulnerable devices can easily decrypt them. can you connect the HDD directly to your Motherboard via SATA ? See this article for various software encryption options. See this article for instructions on how to open the case and remove the drive/circuit board. JoeySmyth I’m pretty sure that It supports 3TB HDD. I would recommend the Elements if you are interested in shucking the drive, but have no opinion otherwise. I had never once willingly encrypted the drive. EM: Unfortunately, the drive is probably encrypted even if you didn’t set a password. I am unable to view any of the data on the device. I can connect to the mobo via SATA, I tried once, but something happened. Just found this article, and it has a lot of usefull information. WD My Books have Password Protection and Hardware Encryption. So a “Quick Erase” might be dumbfounded with the encryption drive. Just activate password protection and set your own personalized password. So WD Elements Desktop, while being a cheaper option, tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than the $149 WD My Book, as seen on the chart below. We take a look at two products by Western Digital-WD Elements and WD My Book. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. In open air, spin and seek noise seems to be better than a now-neighbouring Seagate drive, appearing to be very similar to some of my older WD Green drives (which I think these newer Blue drives have largely replaced in the last few years). WD Elements. A local TV repair shop or technical school is where I would start looking for help. List of all WD firmware and software available for download. 8) Reformat and Initialize the partition(s) to the desired type, Mac, Win, etc. Its combination of solid performance, hardware encryption, and useful utilities makes the 5TB WD My Passport a strong contender for … They are “Basic” no frills storage drives. It is impossible to access (decrypt) the drive if the enclosure circuit board fails, even if the drive itself is fine. One thing should be made clearer, I think, when converting a HW encrypted drive to a standard one in a generic enclosure. You will most likely need to put the drive into an identical Western Digital enclosure to recover the data. The encryption systems used in Western Digital's portable hard drives are pretty pointless, according to new research. Protect your files with WD SmartWare™ automatic, continuous backup. Both will be about the same, so id get the cheaper of the two The WD My Book and uses encryption in its enclosure that is not possible to get rid of. If I have never set a password or encryption on the 3tb drive, will the data on it still need decryption when the bare drive is connected to a computer? I just put the known good controller on the ‘dead’ drive, and BOOM. Is there some software to format wholly the hardware encrypted drive, I don’t mind losing the data.Can the jumper setting also aid in resetting just like we would reset the bios by adjusting the jumper settings in computer motherboard. The Bottom Line. It will erase everything and start with a new, unencrypted volume. Then move it to the new enclosure and see if the files are accessible. I have chosen the MyBook series because I really like the design and I trusted Western Digital. previous pc was vista.. Natalie, I think the partition on your hard drive was accidentally erased due to an improper dismount/disconnect. WD Easystore is similar to WD Elements, but is Best Buy exclusive, and occasionally incredibly cheap per TB (cheaper then a bare drive) AFAIK, they use the same mix of drives. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Here’s an interesting article discussing WD Passport Drive Encryption: http://www.myce.com/news/poor-encryption-on-wd-my-passport-drives-77599/. All in a sleek enclosure that complements your modern desktop. Here’s my general work flow for how I’d convert a HW encrypted drive to a completely standard, non-encrypted one: 1) Backup any data already on the encrypted drive to another device. You should try the partition recovery software listed in the post. So because of that I quick formatted, to get a drive letter. a 3TB should be reporting a total capacity of 2794.45 GB. Difference is that WD Element is a basic plug n play external drive without any hardware encryption and software or tool. Help protect precious memories with USB 3.0 connectivity, WD Backup software, Acronis True Image WD Edition system-level backup software, and hardware encryption. Today, we will be looking at the 8TB hard drive for each. The storage capacity is a major draw of any hard drive. Even if the drive is removed from the enclosure and connected directly to a computer, it will be unreadable because the hardware encryption chip is missing. how does one about go about recovery with software? You need to get the key back out of the flash and put it into a new one in order to decrypt the drive again). Secure your data with password protection. Converted drive can either be imaged or fixed if firmware needs to be manipulated. That way, you validate the recovery process. 2) I own many WD drives, and today was really surprised when I took an unencrypted drive and enabled encryption. If the drive itself has failed, and not the enclosure/circuit board, you must perform data recovery on the drive and enclosure as a pair. At the time the problem was solved but this is just to make you acquainted with the situation…. Comparison of Western Digital Elements Desktop vs Western Digital My Book External Hard Drives. You will loose the bad sector data but you could at least access all other data/disk area. – Windows 7 OS? Rick. See this article for instructions on how to open the case and remove the drive. Just activate password protection and set your own personalized password. Prior to this happening, I was able to get all the sentimental data off the drive, so all that remained was files for streaming to the consoles. I’ve read that the drive may be readable in an identical Western Digital enclosure, because the encryption key is stored on the drive itself and not within the chip. I have not used it since. The USB connector broke. 5) If your PM has the function (doubtful), do a low level format* Good luck! I expected to be prompted that all my data would be erased, but I wasn’t. Normal mount, all data is there. In our popularity score WD Elements ranks #0 out of 145 and WD My Book ranks #27 out of 145. ... WD Backup, 256-bit AES hardware encryption, Password protection with hardware encryption ... WD Elements External Hard Drive for … ), 1) TrueCrypt doesn’t seem any more secure that WD hardware encryption, because the same thief who stole an encrypted WD drive and starts guessing passwords could do the same with a TrueCrypt protected drive. This is OK for security, but horrible for data recovery. I tried buying a new drive to switch the encryption boards and could not find the same serial number. Cheers. Both the drives are suitable for techno-geeks and IT individuals. 4 1TB USB2.0 disks as well as 1 3TB USB 3.0 Disk. If this really is the case I will backup my data and remove all drives an put them in aftermarket cases and throw the MyBook enclosures away. Unlike the Easystore, the Elements range of drives is not exclusive to any one retailer, making them more widely available. It's … Had to buy a new ORICO enclosure which supports up to 4TB. © 1996 - 2021 Carlton Bale I have a similar problem, with two (1TB&2TB)My Book Essential drives. So the drive is always encrypted. Hi, I am just enquiring about my “Western Digital” My Book Essential 1TB external harddrive. Instead I’m going to buy a proper NAS in conjunction with Hitachi drives. On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that WD My Passport is a more popular external hard drive, based on its 5,000+ reviews. PS: I have bill of the product that I bought this:). What if the the tech botches the repair on the drive? I think at this point of loading, windows try to do something with the HDD but It can’t do it because the HDD is not in windows conditions (I think) so It can’t finish the loading. is it possible that nobody figured out a way to decrypt it? When I tried to put together the replaced device now it wont detect it and what is even worse i dont hear the motor of the drive. Is is possible to use other drives with the MyBook controller broad? I had a tech resolder the usb and aside the drive powering up, thats it. Hopefully someone else with give some more details. This is because a “Quick Erase” only erases the data found within the confines of the existing data structures of the drive – like a massive “delete everything everywhere” operation. WD did things right. Thanks for going explaining WD’s hardware encryption. Did my research. I unfortunately don’t have any spare sata drives to test your proposal out. Big mistake. For quick, convenient access, you can set WD Security to automatically You can choose from a 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB, and a 14TB. Sleek design. Home Theater Calculator: Viewing Distance, Screen Size, See this article for various software encryption options, How to Configure dBpoweramp for Bit-Perfect CD Audio Ripping, http://www.myce.com/news/poor-encryption-on-wd-my-passport-drives-77599/, 1080p Does Matter - Here's When (Screen Size vs. It lays down the binary tracks of the media which are then used by higher level functions like partition managers and regular format operations. I am at the point, where I extracted a 4TB Mybook, from the enclosure and jumped through many hoops, trying to get it to be recognized. Great blog going on here. 2) Remove the drive from the WD enclosure That is, the Quick Erase may have only worked upon the only visible volume – the VCD one. I have connected the HDD directly to the motherboard but the computer stops at “Starting Windows” screen. WD Elements do not. when I go into disk storage, i am prompted to either initialize the mbr or the guid. Under disk management (Win 7) I’m getting this: However, I’ll buy that ORICO enclosure that you mentioned. The only other difference I know of is you can't reuse the external hardware with another spare drive I think its because of the encryption. Thanks. I didn’t know about the encryption and quick formatted my drive in a generic enclosure! Recently I read that all the MyBook disks utilize a special USB to SATA chip with encryption so that the internal disk cannot be read on a computer if the disk is taken out of the MyBook enclosure and connected to the internal SATA port of the computer? 3) Mount drive in a generic USB 3 (or other desired connector) enclosure Hey Carlton Greet info! i have a few generic enclosures myself, and none of them work with hard drives over 2TB. I now want to just have the drives docked into dock stations.But cannot access them. it stopped working when i bought my windows 7 PC. The WD 6TB My Book Desktop contains a WD60EZRZ drive - a Western Digital Blue, 3.5" SATA III drive - 6Gb/s, 5400 RPM disk with 64MB Cache. I just wish I found this page before buying a WD 3 TD earlier this week. WD has created the equivalent of a ‘terminator’ drive. You will first need to decrypt the drive using the Western Digital utility and then use something like Runtime.org GetDataBack data recovery software (free demo available.) I highly recommend CrashPlan from Code 42, which gives unlimited online backup space for $3.96/month (and free backups between you and your friends/family computers. Hardware encryption on the WD MyBook is *NOT* optional. Hi Carlton! I can confirm that you can remove the drive from usb/encryption bridge, connect it directly to sata on mainboard (it handles bad sectors much easier), sector clone it to a new/good drives using a tool like ddrescue, connect the new drive back to usb/encryption bridge and your data is accessible. My Book Essentials has an annoying hardware encryption feature built in that would make me avoid it. Assuming the drives used in WD HW encrypted drives have the same structure as regular drives, they probably have such a low level format routine in their BIOS. They can be purchased through any Wester Digital distributor or VAR across the globe. The Western Digital Elements drive will not let you do this and the Western Digital My Passport will. Well, if your file system metadata hasn’t been on bad sectors areas. We found a solution for that and it involves converting these USB drives into SATA by using SATA boards that have identical CPU. Anyone interested in buying 2 broken drives for experiment/repair? Something told me it was not a problem with the drive itself. It sounds like a drive motor failure. I suspected, thanks to your clues here and elsewhere, the real problem was a MyBook controller failure. Compare the main Features, Specifications, Prices and Select the Best Model. Receive free standard shipping (UPS Ground) on eligible purchases delivered within the contiguous United States, excluding addresses in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Mike, not sure why it won’t decrypt in the new enclosure. That would explain why one user’s Quick Erase produces a very small volume. I have the same disk, same problem but without the second controller, unfortunately. If anything happens, you can move your data and still recover it with your password. Western Digital MyBook Elite external hard drives use hardware-based encryption chips to (optionally) encrypt drives using 256-bit encryption. I hope that this addition post will help someone to get their data back. I am fed up of this PCB failure,only less than 6 months service. And if you don’t mind. You probably just need the connector soldered back on to the board. If other components on the board itself fail, your only chance of recovering the data is to remove the encryption chip from the failed board and transplant it to the board from an identical working Western Digital enclosure – this is not a cheap or easy thing to do. Password protection with hardware encryption, Easy to Use, Massive Capacity, WD Quality Inside and Out I connected my laptop power supply to the ext.hdd and damaged the board. Recently I read that all the MyBook disks utilize a special USB to SATA chip with encryption so that the internal disk cannot be read on a computer if the disk is taken out of the MyBook enclosure and connected to the internal SATA port of the computer? If you send the drive to a data recovery company, be sure to tell them the drive is hardware encrypted and send both the enclosure and the drive. It’s a reliable drive, although it isn’t quite as fast as our top pick. Sounds like i have to send the HD to the recovery center and have to fork out the $1K+ for get my family pictures back. I have tried swapping drives, but the new drive doesn’t turn up in Windows and WD drive utilities shows the drive as “My Book 0 bytes”?? To my knowledge, using third-party drives is not possible. As I see it, the primary purpose of the encryption is not security but rather keeping external drives from being easily converted to internal drives – protecting those two separate pricing structures. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were extremely simple to break. Yes, you should be able to reformat the drive and use it normally after attaching it directly to an SATA cable. What to do? Any suggestions on how to reformat the encrypted drive without the encryption board being installed? Besides the shell, WD My Book comes with some software tools for backup and drive checking, while WD Elements doesn't come preloaded with anything. Nice help spot you have here, very useful and in some cases, life saving! It also takes a VERY LONG TIME – like many hours or a day for large drives. The drive just stopped ‘existing’. Second drive failed in 13 months. Great feedback. However, the My Passport series of drives stores the key material on the drive itself. The WD element is the standard version whereas the WD My Passport has three other versions. This article lists the external drives with encryption … They can also be easily purchased online from any of the usual places (Amazon, eBay, NewEgg, etc). I did not set a password or key. So if the enclosure goes bad, using another enclosure should be an option. If you’ve enabled the hardware-based encryption, the data on the drive is completely inaccessible without the encryption chip in the Western Digital enclosure. Hi Carlton, how do i know if I have enabled the hardware encryption ? However, I would like to add that WD hardware encryption issues has been one of the most reoccurring problems in data recovery industry. In this part, we will show you 4 major differences – appearance, password protection, compatibility, and value for money. Is this what you guys call the hardware encription and therefore not allowing me to see the contents? Mainly drives do not mount either due to bad sectors or firmware corruption, so how do we address these issues on 2.5″ encrypted drives with with proprietary usb 2.0 or 3.0? Some external links are affiliate links that help fund the site. It is impossible to access (decrypt) the drive if the enclosure circuit board fails, even if the drive itself is fine. WD Elements do not have any password protection or hardware encryption. I included this in the post and gave you credit. (i personally only buy Elements as i don’t need password protection and hardware encryption is not a desirable feature for me [Read Below] So if your external drive fails, or in case of a catastrophic event (fire, theft), there is still a secure copy of your data. When drive does not mount? Since I had the new drive I went ahead and used it to store the contents of my HD which included all my family pics for the past 30 years. Computer Manager indicates the drive as unallocated. When it comes to a heavy-duty and dependable external hard drive for your desktop, the WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive (WDBBGB0080HBK) is a game-changer. cheap! I definitely would not recommend it due to the encryption problems. – Could it be because the Controller Board is Encrypted to 1 PC Only?? That each time I write data in the future onto the drive, that data is encrypted, but the prior data is not? The controller craps out, and the data is auto-encrypted without my knowledge, and cannot be ‘seen’ by anything but a WD controller. 1 Like WD Elements is more popular. Not really. As cheap as generic external enclosures are, I recommend using them instead. When you change the password, the only thing that is re-encrypted is the random 32 bytes. I have tried to use computer management to edit the register for that drive from 0 to 2, as I had read in a post somewhere, but that didn’t help. You can attach it to a computer to confirm, but all of the newer Western Digital enclosures appear to encrypt the drives automatically with an internal chip. While My Book comes with backup software, hardware encryption feature and password protection tool. I had the 2TB one nearly full when the USB bridge failed. Ive read that to format a WD encrypted drive, you have to go through the original hardware chip. So. On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that WD Elements Desktop is a more popular external hard drive, based on its 5,000+ reviews. If you do want to encrypt your drive, there are alternatives. Buying a new MyBook Elite enclosure, removing the new drive, and installing your old drive may allow for data recovery. Compare the main Features, Specifications, Prices and Select the Best Model. If you can find the software, it would not be unwise to use to truly ensure the drive is completely reformatted at the very lowest level. It wasn’t until I reattached the bridge card outside of the housing, that I could see all was well. So I can use it as a standard HDD and use it in a external casing? Luckily, I have an identical MyBook drive. 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