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Usually a white label (red type equivalent) helium hdd inside for those gonna shuck this.

Decent price OP. Good find. £119.99 lowest price in June 2019 apparently though on BF/Prime Day I think it's also hit that price but no lower to my recollection.
Edited by: "Whammerhead" 10th Nov
If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through.
you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off
watson4410/11/2019 00:53

If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip …If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through. you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off



That kinda crap really annoys me. I dunno why WD do it. I have a MyBook Duo and they do the same with that. Enclosure fails and you're forced to buy another from WD just to get data.
watson4410/11/2019 00:53

If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip …If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through. you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off



You can say that about most if not all drives out there. That's why you should always backup a drive (and again to another just to be sure to be sure)
Edited by: "Whammerhead" 10th Nov
watson4410/11/2019 00:53

If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip …If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through. you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off


doesn't apply if you are shucking the drive to use in your NAS, but well worth pointing out
Whammerhead10/11/2019 01:00

You can say that about most if not all drives out there. That's why you …You can say that about most if not all drives out there. That's why you should always backup a drive (and again to another just to be sure to be sure)


...and then what if you have a fire? Another backup to the cloud?
hoolgrool10/11/2019 06:16

...and then what if you have a fire? Another backup to the cloud?


Just another hard drive outside the house
Eric8210/11/2019 07:30

Just another hard drive outside the house


Have my 3rd back up in outside building, was considering 4th at my mom's too can't have too many backups
watson4410/11/2019 00:53

If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip …If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through. you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off



That's not the case.

As with any software encryption program if you don't run it, it will not activate, and if you don't run the software then this is freely accessible by anything, the same as any other external USB drive.. If you have run it, you can turn it off completely and get it to decrypt the drive so its just a regular USB drive.


If you want to be sure everything is encryption you need something that's 100% hardware encrypted like an iStorage or Apricom drive that are inaccessable without a PIN, and don't even appear as USB drives till unlocked.
Whammerhead10/11/2019 01:00

You can say that about most if not all drives out there. That's why you …You can say that about most if not all drives out there. That's why you should always backup a drive (and again to another just to be sure to be sure)


Original comment was about how the chip could fail and render the data on your disk unreadable, the drive would still be fine. WD chose to put these chips in and the pappy board often fail. Drive is fine to use again with fresh data though.

Excellent point to always have a backup, and probably a third kept at a different location and on a different media.

Unless software is run, you can copy data to the drive via usb, remove the drive from the case and read that data via data cable.
Edited by: "friar_chris" 10th Nov
friar_chris10/11/2019 08:48

Original comment was about how the chip could fail and render the data on …Original comment was about how the chip could fail and render the data on your disk unreadable,


The prior comment is wrong in the sense that encryption CAN be turned off, in fact it comes turned off by default and you have to choose to enable it.

As you said if the USB to drive electronics fail and you didn't enable decryption, this is a simple job you just pull the drive out and put it in another enclosere or a SATA => USB cable.
Edited by: "gavin1" 10th Nov
gavin110/11/2019 09:23

The prior comment is wrong in the sense that encryption CAN be turned off, …The prior comment is wrong in the sense that encryption CAN be turned off, in fact it comes turned off by default and you have to choose to enable it.As you said if the USB to drive electronics fail and you didn't enable decryption, this is a simple job you just pull the drive out and put it in another enclosere or a SATA => USB cable.


100% correct
hoolgrool10/11/2019 06:16

...and then what if you have a fire? Another backup to the cloud?


Look up Aws glacier. It's really cheap and only intended for archive.
richh10/11/2019 09:30

Look up Aws glacier. It's really cheap and only intended for archive.


Will check it now that Dropbox are putting their prices up
So i have a WD Cloud NAS with two USB ports on the back. Can i add this to it and expand my NAS space?
hoolgrool10/11/2019 06:16

...and then what if you have a fire? Another backup to the cloud?


Seems we need Captain hindsight!
richh10/11/2019 09:30

Look up Aws glacier. It's really cheap and only intended for archive.


Not for everyday Joe though. It's a hassle for them. Might as well go with OneDrive/Google drive etc..
shadowdogg10/11/2019 10:45

Seems we need Captain hindsight!


He would tell us what we should have done!

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Edited by: "friar_chris" 10th Nov
The_Bounty_Bear10/11/2019 09:33

So i have a WD Cloud NAS with two USB ports on the back. Can i add this …So i have a WD Cloud NAS with two USB ports on the back. Can i add this to it and expand my NAS space?


Yes, you can:)
Anyone have any idea what drives are in these?
garrafk10/11/2019 13:14

Anyone have any idea what drives are in these?


The 8tb of are quite often the red (helium) drives. Not guaranteed though, I've seen people on r/datahorder get blues in them
watson4410/11/2019 00:53

If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip …If the enclosure fails or gets damaged you loose all the data as the chip inside the enclosure encrypts all data that passes through. you cannot install into another enclosure or use in a pc and the encryption cannot be turned off


I think if you shuck it you can put some tape on 2 pins to disable this.
hoolgrool10/11/2019 06:16

...and then what if you have a fire? Another backup to the cloud?


What if your house burns down and Google's backup server is swallowed into a huge sinkhole?
ned.ford10/11/2019 13:42

What if your house burns down and Google's backup server is swallowed into …What if your house burns down and Google's backup server is swallowed into a huge sinkhole?


Then we’ve all got bigger problems than our backups
ned.ford10/11/2019 13:40

I think if you shuck it you can put some tape on 2 pins to disable this.


Have you got a link to this info as I would want to use drive internally.
garrafk10/11/2019 14:33

Have you got a link to this info as I would want to use drive internally.



You dont need to worry about that post if you are just going to use the internal drive. If you take it out of the enclosure, it will work just fine as a regular internal drive without needing to worry about covering any pins etc. Pretty sure they must have been talking about continuing to use the external enclosure, but without the WD proprietary encryption.
Ross110/11/2019 16:22

You dont need to worry about that post if you are just going to use the …You dont need to worry about that post if you are just going to use the internal drive. If you take it out of the enclosure, it will work just fine as a regular internal drive without needing to worry about covering any pins etc. Pretty sure they must have been talking about continuing to use the external enclosure, but without the WD proprietary encryption.


Oh right thanks for clarifying
Whammerhead10/11/2019 00:51

Usually a white label (red type equivalent) helium hdd inside for those …Usually a white label (red type equivalent) helium hdd inside for those gonna shuck this.Decent price OP. Good find. £119.99 lowest price in June 2019 apparently though on BF/Prime Day I think it's also hit that price but no lower to my recollection.



This is the smartctl output of the ones I recently bought:
=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family: WDC HGST Ultrastar He10
Device Model: WDC WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0
Serial Number:
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 252f72c89
Firmware Version: 83.H0A83
User Capacity: 8,001,563,222,016 bytes [8.00 TB]
Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Rotation Rate: 5400 rpm
Form Factor: 3.5 inches
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: ACS-2, ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4
SATA Version is: SATA 3.2, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is: Sun Nov 10 18:23:58 2019 GMTST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

Not able to confirm its cache size but this guys seems to have found out that its 256mb: reddit.com/r/D…ts/
Ross110/11/2019 16:22

You dont need to worry about that post if you are just going to use the …You dont need to worry about that post if you are just going to use the internal drive. If you take it out of the enclosure, it will work just fine as a regular internal drive without needing to worry about covering any pins etc. Pretty sure they must have been talking about continuing to use the external enclosure, but without the WD proprietary encryption.


No, If you want to use it internally in a recent pc you will likely have issues with it not being detected due to a power cycle problem because WD doesnt want you to do this. the 2 solutions are to use a molex to sata adapter that bypasses this, but people say this can cause fiores. The other option is to cover the pin (3rd pin 3.3v i think) so it cant pass this signal, ive done this on my last 4, after a stress test to make sure the drive is ok.

If you google it there are dozens of instructional videos on this
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