My MYBook Essential 2TB USB3.0 is no longer recognised by the PC and I’d like to get my data back. The unit was working oksy before this, and I can hear the drive spin and self-test okay (status light stays on when powered up), but when I connect to the PC, it just flashes 3 times a second, and locks up the system. I can’t see it in the Disk Manager, and when I unplug the USB, the system tells me my disk must be initialized first.
I decided to try and recover the data by opening the case and connecting the bare drive directly by SATA instead of using the USB3 , but research via google I find that the controller has Hardware Encryption and I can’t read the data without a Controller board. My Board has Rev. 13R on it, do I have to get the exact same one in order to decrypt the data ? I didn’t use any passwords, and didn’t use the Smartware software to backup. I used it as an External Storage device, and now regretting ever using this MyBook instead of a plain external drive.
Has anyone tried using different revisions of the USB controller board to recover data ?
I know WD don’t supply spare parts, so I have to source a new controller board from somewhere, but there’s still no guarantee that a replacement will enable me to recover my data. Any advice from people who have been through this pain before please ?
I am in Queensland, Australia.