My Book 1TB Essential. Can I change enclosure?


#1

Hi,

I have a WD 1TB My Book Essential with micro usb problem.

Depend on the position it works or not.

I would like to change the enclosure, the data is not important, I’m not worry if it loss.

Is it possible? I believe that this model have a hardware encryption, but if I try to delete and create a new partition? Is it work?

Or the only way is replace the micro usb?

Thank you very much.


#2

This issue is with the USB cable or the USB port in the enclosure? If is with the cable, you can contact WD and get a new one.


#3

Thank you for your reply.

This issue is with the USB port in the enclosure! I know that someone can re-solder  this port, but it cost more than a new enclosure.

Thanks


#4

If you don’t care for the data, then RMA this drive, if under warranty, it will be simpler and cheaper.


#5

The hardware encryption is handled by the Initio INIC-1607E chip on the USB-SATA bridge board. If you install your drive in a third party enclosure, your original data will be encrypted. However, the drive will work perfectly well after you reinitialise and reformat it.