So, I didn’t realize that WD encrypted their external HDs. I busted mine open, because it stopped working, and threw away all of the external components (including USB adapter). My question is, is there any chance of recovering the information on that hard drive?
It was a 2 TB WD My Book Essential external HD. Here’s the exact HD I bought in December 2012 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041OSQBG/
I plugged the now internal HD directly to my motherboard via a SATA cable. I have not reformatted the hard drive as Windows wanted, so right now it just shows up as RAW.