Western Digital WD drive enclosures do not give the user the actual “Encryption KEY” that is used to encrypt the user’s data.
Currently, for example, if you WD My Book Duo drive “enclosure” takes a fall in an earthquake lets say and breaks, but your hard drives did not get damaged at all, you are still out of luck, you’ve just lost access to ALL your data!
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Amazingly, this is the case even if you never enabled a password on your WD MyBookDuo, since these have hardware AES-256 encryption that is “always” enabled, with no way to disable it. And that user “password/lock” thing is just a lock your kid out toy, its not used at all for the actual encryption of your data, you are not given a way to choose your own security pass-key for the actual encryption, and you are also not given a way to “save” the WD generated key. So basically you will end up with encrypted perfectly working hard drives and a broken WD “enclosure” and NO WAY to access your data. Of course WD would be able to easily decrypt and access your data, but you won’t be able to, and they won’t do it for you either. This is a pretty huge problem and there really isn’t any technical reason for it.
WD should provide SOFTWARE to run on Windows/Mac/LINUX that can decrypt hard drives that were encrypted using WD drive enclosures. More importantly they should provide the end user the “ENCRYPTION KEY” that was used to encrypt their data on the hard drives.
The encryption security pass/key should be considered the rightful property of end users and the key should be exportable so we can save it for safe-keeping and use it to decrypt our drives / data in case the WD drive “enclosure” has any issues or fails completely for any reason.