I was about to buy a My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 drive when I noticed the problems its hardware encryption cause when the enclosure’s PCB fails.
My question is thus: by NOT installing WD SmartWare upon first using the My Book drive, and just installing the SES device driver from the Extras folder, can hardware encryption be completely avoided, or would I still be at the mercy of the enclosure’s circuitry.
My concern is simple. This will be a backup drive, and the last thing I want is to have to go through hoops to recover the data.
My current WD Elements drive has no such complications.
Thanks in advance for any feedback and pointers.