I recently had the joy of a backup drive failing; it has been replaced with a my book essential. The consensus seems to be that the drive encrypts everything written to it with aes (128 or 256, depending on where one looks). The drive may do this all by itself, or it may be keyed to some windows-only software. As I’m not using windows I’m not sure about this.
However there are references to the drive deciding to encrypt itself with an unknown password. Or to a password being set, and the drive then rejecting it. One guy on here asks how to disable the encryption and is directed to a thread on data recovery. Now, the problem might be caused by connecting the drive to a mac, or to linux, or to a windows bug. It might be user error. The solution appears to be to reformat and hope it doesn’t happen again, or to send the drive back and buy a different one.
Is anyone able to set my mind to rest here? I don’t want to return a drive based on hearsay, but I especially don’t a backup drive to unexpectedly destroy my data.