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Just gutted a MyBook Essential 2TB, having problems!

post #1 of 25
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Hey OCN!

Quick overview, I *had* a WD MyBook Essential 2TB HDD. The external HDD would lock up intermittently for around 40 seconds, then unlock. Sometimes, the drive would not unlock, forcing a reboot. Data is not extremely sensitive but it would be nice to salvage.

So, my warranty with WD expired a few months ago, so I decided to gut the drive and stick it in a Rosewill enclosure. I figure the locking up problem had a better chance being the controller in the WD enclosure than the HDD itself, so it was worth trying since my warranty expired anyways.

Gutted the drive no problem, stuck it in the Rosewill enclosure no problem. Connected via USB (no free SATA ports) to my PC and nothing happened. Went into Disk Management and was prompted to initialize the disk (creating a partition table, overwriting the partition that was on there, losing access to what was on there due to the new partition table).

So my question is, has this happened to anyone? I gutted a Seagate 2TB HDD from their crap enclosure into the same model Rosewill enclosure with no problems (that drive got ridiculously hot in Seagate's enclosure, what a joke of an enclosure). I'm running a cylinder scan with TestDisk right now. I stopped that process once and it did show it saw a partition, so I'm hoping to recover that partition and be on my merry way. I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this, or if this is normal.

I'm not very well versed in HDD's so I'm hoping the fine people here at OCN can enlighten me!

Thanks!

EDIT: Or if anyone has a quicker way to salvage that partition table, that would be welcome as well! Scanning 243,200 cylinders takes some time lol.
post #2 of 25
Did you notice any extra wire?

My Old Man popped open a 3TB MyBook to use with a PVR. He said he was not able to because there was some extra wire waxed in there.
I have not actually opened mine though to know what he is talking about.
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post #3 of 25
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Nope no extra wire, just the controller screwed onto the plastic enclosure. And there was the LED's extending from said controller to the front of the enclosure. The HDD itself was "fitted" in with rubber materials, no screws to secure the HDD itself.
post #4 of 25
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The HDD is being recognized by my PC just fine, just no partition table. I'm 08% done with the cylinder check. I'll report back with my success/failure! I'm wondering if that controller WD uses has some sort of "something" that makes it do what it has done.
post #5 of 25
Hey must have been referring to the LED, that would make sense.

You might try to plug the drive straight into the MoBo while you wait for an expert to reply.
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The HDD is being recognized by my PC just fine, just no partition table. I'm 08% done with the cylinder check. I'll report back with my success/failure! I'm wondering if that controller WD uses has some sort of "something" that makes it do what it has done.

Wouldn't surprise me.
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post #7 of 25
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So it finally finished, and didn't do jack. Reading around it seems like that "something" I referred to earlier is indeed that case.

Looks like WD MyBook's encrypt data going to the drive at a hardware level. So that controller I guess is encrypting what's being written to it. What a bunch of BS.

So guess I lose my data. Sad day!
post #8 of 25
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So here's another question.

I'm going to try to use the controller that was in the WD enclosure to access my drive to backup its contents to another drive.

With this encryption, if I were to initialize the drive in Windows (AKA write a new MBR), would this cause any issues since it was encrypted? Does that encryption lie at a lower level? Or is it just the controller doing the encryption and writing a new MBR and partition table effectively turns it into a normal HDD?

Hope that makes sense!
post #9 of 25
Yup. it is hw encrypted, but there are utilities that can restore it if you tinker with it, check links:

http://computersciencelabs.blogspot.mx/2010/11/256-bit-based-hardware-encryption-on-wd.html
http://www.datarecoverytools.co.uk/2010/05/05/how-to-connect-and-recover-usb-only-western-digital-drives-with-hd-doctor-suite/

time to get out the soldering iron and desoldering tape...

hope it helps.

Best regards.
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post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Nicotine Fueled View Post

Yup. it is hw encrypted, but there are utilities that can restore it if you tinker with it, check links:

http://computersciencelabs.blogspot.mx/2010/11/256-bit-based-hardware-encryption-on-wd.html
http://www.datarecoverytools.co.uk/2010/05/05/how-to-connect-and-recover-usb-only-western-digital-drives-with-hd-doctor-suite/

time to get out the soldering iron and desoldering tape...

hope it helps.

Best regards.
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Originally Posted by TMan459 View Post

So here's another question.

I'm going to try to use the controller that was in the WD enclosure to access my drive to backup its contents to another drive.

With this encryption, if I were to initialize the drive in Windows (AKA write a new MBR), would this cause any issues since it was encrypted? Does that encryption lie at a lower level? Or is it just the controller doing the encryption and writing a new MBR and partition table effectively turns it into a normal HDD?

Hope that makes sense!

What about that? Will that method work?
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