Decrypt 1TB WD Book Essentials


I work at a school, and we have lost important data because of a faulty WD 1TB Book essentials drive.

We have taken it apart, and tested the motherboard in the enclosure. It seems to be the problem.

I have hooked it up to a regular PC now and in Windows it says ‘uninitialized’. The drive does spin.

I have installed linux and ran the program reallymine ( which was able to find the DEK (decryption key). However, after trying “sudo file -sL /dev/mapper/wd” I do not get the required ‘DOS MBR Bootsector’, so I think the drive is still not readable.

I have read and followed instructions from

How should I continue?

I solved it already. I need to look at ‘mounting a loop device’.