Stop putting hardware encryption on your drives


I suppose this is a feature request.  I think WDC should stop putting built-in encryption on the chips on their drives.  It’s useless, it doesn’t benefit the user, and it’s downright bad from a data protection standpoint.  It can cause data on a hard drive to be unrecoverable, as shown in this comment here:



Get an Elements as far as I know it is not encrypted.



As far as I can tell WD doesn’t make a 4TB Elements drive, and this was my primary reason for purchasing the My Book.  Also, the encryption I’m referring to is at the hardware level, so without detailed specs it’s possible the Elements still has it.