I want to buy a My Book Essential 3 TB USB 3.0/2.0 without hardware encryption. The specification section of the product page ( http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=240)) lists a model # for a 3 TB drive as WDBACW0030HBK. From reading in the WD community forum this clearly seems to be the model with hardware encryption.
However the features section says, and I quote, “A model with disabled encryption is also available”. So what is the model # for the model without encryption? How can one tell them apart when shopping without this #?
(Generally the wdc website is hopelessy lacking technical specifications and model id’s)
And no, I don’t want an Elements drive. Mainly because it’s missing an on/off switch and also is only available in USB 2.0 locally.