I have a client with a failed WDBACW0020HBK-01 drive and I have diagnosed the issue to be the circuit board inside the unit (the store she took it to foolishly opened it and now Western Digital won’t touch it even though it is within warranty which my client did not know). Of course without a working circuit board the encrypted data can’t be recovered.
In any event my question is whether or not there is a difference between the de-cryption circuitry inside a WDBACW0020HBK unit and a WDBACW0020HBK-01 unit because I can buy a used but working WDBACW0020HBK chassis/electronics on eBay. My thought is that I’d simply attach the drive from here WDBACW0020HBK-01 to the circuit board/chassis from the WDBACW0020HBK on eBay and then recover the data.
Is this a workable solution or do I need to find a WDBACW0020HBK-01 chassis/circuit board to recover the data from her drive.
I’d also like to know which models of WD external drives don’t have this encryption “feature” so I can recommend a better solution to her for the future (in addition to cloud storage).
Many thanks for any guidance you can offer.