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post #11 of 25
What if it locks up again? Plus from what i read
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Based on the test above, the original PCB utilizes an encryption feature where the decryption key is unique to a hard drive. Even the sectors are become accessible through a donor PCB, the user files are still not recoverable without the original PCB being fixed
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Direct replacement of WD PCB is not going to work. The adaptive ROM content on the donor PCB needs to be recreated by ROM overlay modules on the platter. This can be achieved by firmware manipulation tool, which is not introduced here. The reason of using a SATA interface PCB instead of USB interface on a donor drive, it is because the firmware repair utilities don’t support USB interface for firmware manipulation. Once the ROM is regenerated and the PCB is attached to the failed hard drives, both hard drives are spinning up again and recognized by computer correctly.
So bypassing the controller effectively turns it into a normal hdd with all the data inaccessible.

Hope there's nothing vital there.


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post #12 of 25
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Well I grabbed that controller board that was with the original WD enclosure, and sure enough it spun up and was recognized by my PC just fine.

So whether it works or not, I plan to:

- Copy data to another drive (that will definitely work, already going)
- Format that WD drive, and use it (not sure... probably will work though, I mean it sure looks like a standard WD Green HDD)

I really do not like WD going about this in this way. Apparently it's only the Essentials models that have HW encryption.

I suppose, if your WD enclosure's USB port broke, or power input broke, since you can't do anything with it, you'd have to go to WD, and out-of-warranty that costs money, making them money.

I suppose you could try the suggested method 3 posts above, but the average computer user isn't going to do that, and if data is sensitive enough, WD will get your money.
Edited by TMan459 - 1/16/13 at 2:41am
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
Lol I think I posted while you were posting.

Those quotes have to do with data recovery, and I have since "recovered" my data in my prior post (which you missed since you we're graciously helping me, which I appreciate!).

So, copying data to another drive now. Will report back on the second part of my "plan".

Certainly seems, especially according to your quotes Nicotine Fueled, that my "plan" should go smoothly.
post #14 of 25
btw, if it wont format in Windows, try booting up a Windows CD and format it through there.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nicotine Fueled View Post

What if it locks up again?.

In response to that, I will say that I'm 99% on the controller being the reason it was locking up. It literally JUST locked up as I'm transferring data to another HDD.

I did NOT have a single lockup while I was running TestDisk (I had to do it twice since I wiggled the USB cable) scanning all 240,000 cylinders. Perhaps that could be different than accessing data but I highly doubt it.

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btw, if it wont format in Windows, try booting up a Windows CD and format it through there.

Good tip! When I first was toubleshooting this issue, the Windows Disk Management utility prompted me to "initialize" the drive (Write the MBR then partition). I plan to just go that route. Hiren's has my back if it doesn't go well though!
post #16 of 25
lol.. talk about timing, well best of luck I'm going to... well... fuel up (smoke) outside. And then off to work, hope it goes smoothly from here.
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post #17 of 25
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Well, things appeared golden, but turned out crappy.

Transferred data to another HDD through the night. Formatted the WD drive that was in the enclosure just fine. Windows picked it up just fine.

Started copying data back to the drive, first file got stuck. Rebooted. Same file got stuck in the same spot. Tried another file, got stuck in a different spot. Tried again, stuck in the same spot.

I have dual layer DVD images on this drive. I have most of the original discs still on me but I've lost a few here and there due to moving or scratched up beyond repair.

Also, I tried copying that data to another drive, not the WD drive in a new enclosure to ensure it wasn't just that drive acting up. Same thing happened while copying to a totally different HDD.

So two things can be happening here, as I just made a successful copy on one of those dual-layer DVD backups. Either the drive is failing (There is some SMART data showing problems, but they could be related to the freezing of the drive, I'm not sure. If anyone knows how to accurately read SMART data and would like to help I can post a readout), or the controller screwed things up.

What a pain lol.

EDIT: Currently running a sector scan with CHKDSK. Don't know what that will do but it can't hurt.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by TMan459 View Post

So two things can be happening here, as I just made a successful copy on one of those dual-layer DVD backups. Either the drive is failing (There is some SMART data showing problems, but they could be related to the freezing of the drive, I'm not sure. If anyone knows how to accurately read SMART data and would like to help I can post a readout), or the controller screwed things up.
Post a readout and I'll take a look.
     
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post #19 of 25
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Post a readout and I'll take a look.

Thanks for the offer! I actually had a friend look it over for me and things were just fine. Only a handful of my backup images were faulty. So I've salvaged 95% which is pretty good!

Thanks everyone for all the help and insight! My problem is resolved!
post #20 of 25
I know this thread is old, but I wanted to know before I crack open my WD if the drive was used by the user Tman459 inside his desktop with a SATA connection (without the WD PCB SATA-USB)? That means the PCB is responsible with the encryption also?
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