I am considering buying “My Book Duo” but I am not too sure about hardware encryption.
What I have found so far is that,
1. Data on the disk is always encrypted, even if I have not specified a password, using some master key that resides on the disk enclosure (that is, its not possible to take out the disk and read it directly).
2. The password we specify using WD Security, encrypts the master key so that no one can access it (and hence the data even if they have access to enclosure and disks both).
Both these features are infact what I want and are good, though
Q1) What happens when the disk enclosure, which stores the master key, itself fails ?
Q2) How can I get access to encrypted data on my disk drives?
Q3) I would assume the master encryption key on the enclosure is unique and it would not be possible to just replace the enclosure (even if it can be, it will be very difficult to find exact enclosure 3-4years down the line).
Even though failure rate of enclosures is low especially as compared to Hard Disks, I wouldn’t want myself to get locked out my data in case of such eventuality.
Can someone from the WD staff explain what are the recovery steps if this infact does happen?