WD My Book 8TB External HDD £171.99 @ Amazon
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WD My Book 8TB External HDD £171.99 @ Amazon

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Found 21st MarEdited by:"dmn001"
lowest price for amazon according to 3camels

edit: price dropped from £171.99 to £164.68 on 2018-03-23

edit2: price went back to £171.99
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Anyone know if the drive can be ripped out and used in a Nas? Thanks
Mathew_White8 m ago

Anyone know if the drive can be ripped out and used in a Nas? Thanks


8tb Blue drive. Not ideal for NAS, but it could be used in one.
these drives have the encryption permanently turned on, should the enclosure fail you can't put it into a pc or another caddy to extract the data and 8TB would cost a fortune if its even possible
Edited by: "watson44" 21st Mar
That's alot of data to lose should anything ever go wrong! Good deal anyhow!
friar_chris4 h, 40 m ago

8tb Blue drive. Not ideal for NAS, but it could be used in one.


Really good value. Not sure if WD even make a 8tb Blue drive (maybe it’s made specially for these external ones only?) Ordered one to go in my synology anyway. Let’s see what i get inside.
Edited by: "tatoo1" 21st Mar
watson445 h, 34 m ago

these drives have the encryption permanently turned on, should the …these drives have the encryption permanently turned on, should the enclosure fail you can't put it into a pc or another caddy to extract the data and 8TB would cost a fortune if its even possible


No they don't.

The encryption is optional. And anyone who trusts valuable data to just one drive will sooner or later learn that was a bad move the hard way.
tatoo12 h, 30 m ago

Really good value. Not sure if WD even make a 8tb Blue drive (maybe it’s m …Really good value. Not sure if WD even make a 8tb Blue drive (maybe it’s made specially for these external ones only?) Ordered one to go in my synology anyway. Let’s see what i get inside.


Please do tell
ElBuc1 h, 54 m ago

No they don't. The encryption is optional. And anyone who trusts valuable …No they don't. The encryption is optional. And anyone who trusts valuable data to just one drive will sooner or later learn that was a bad move the hard way.


it is not optional:-

"WD My Book and WD My Passport drives have the hardware encryption feature while other products such as the WD Elements do not
The data on the drives with hardware encryption is always encrypted by a chip and cannot be turned off. It's up to the user's preference if they want to set a password or not, but the encryption of these drives is always on and cannot be turned off. The encryption chip is part of the enclosure of the device, not the drive itself - this is why the drive can't be decrypted outside of the enclosure.
watson4412 h, 6 m ago

these drives have the encryption permanently turned on, should the …these drives have the encryption permanently turned on, should the enclosure fail you can't put it into a pc or another caddy to extract the data and 8TB would cost a fortune if its even possible


So this should say that the enclosure has encryption enabled, not the drive. So if you do wish to move the drive to another system, you wont be able to acess any data on the drive, ie it will need to be reformatted. However if you do this as soon as you get this system, then you wont have this issue.
michaellynn2 h, 56 m ago

So this should say that the enclosure has encryption enabled, not the …So this should say that the enclosure has encryption enabled, not the drive. So if you do wish to move the drive to another system, you wont be able to acess any data on the drive, ie it will need to be reformatted. However if you do this as soon as you get this system, then you wont have this issue.



Very helpful - thanks.
Inside there may be one of these:
WD80EZZX-11CSGA0
8TB 5400 RPM 128MB cache 3.5" SATA Hard Drive
HelioSeal, 7-Stac, Hardware Encryption, TLER Off

so a Helium drive with conventional PMR, not shingled.
anand and servethehome benchmarks show the big cache largely offsets the 5400rpm, at least for sequential access.
reddit confirms the drive will partition and format if removed, though older docks may not cope with 8TB.

If you want to remove the drive to use in a NAS or desktop, remember to test in its enclosure for some time as removal voids the warranty...
Edited by: "Hootwo" 22nd Mar
michaellynn4 h, 5 m ago

So this should say that the enclosure has encryption enabled, not the …So this should say that the enclosure has encryption enabled, not the drive. So if you do wish to move the drive to another system, you wont be able to acess any data on the drive, ie it will need to be reformatted. However if you do this as soon as you get this system, then you wont have this issue.


that is correct and this is were its a grey area, WD state or promote these drives with:-

Password Protection with Hardware Encryption. With built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software, you can set your own personalised password to help keep your content private and safe

but no mention the encryption is not optional. their theory is that encrypting 4TB of data at a later date can take a long time, but encrypting / decrypting data as it is transferred to and from the drive saves time, which is true. but most people at some point may want to use the drive in a PC or NAS drive will hit a road block and void the warranty at the same time
Edited by: "watson44" 22nd Mar
watson4442 m ago

that is correct and this is were its a grey area, WD state or promote …that is correct and this is were its a grey area, WD state or promote these drives with:-Password Protection with Hardware Encryption. With built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software, you can set your own personalised password to help keep your content private and safebut no mention the encryption is not optional. their theory is that encrypting 4TB of data at a later date can take a long time, but encrypting / decrypting data as it is transferred to and from the drive saves time, which is true. but most people at some point may want to use the drive in a PC or NAS drive will hit a road block and void the warranty at the same time


Thanks both for the correction/clarification. When setting FileVault (data encryption in MacOS) it does take quite a while for it to do its thing on a drive with lots of data, so on the fly would certainly be less noticeable.

Hypothetical question: I've seen a teardown of one of the WD passport external drives, and the drive is interchangable with a standard WD 2.5 inch HDD sold without the enclosure. So going on the assumption that the non portable My Book is the same, you could use the drive internally so long as you have a spare matching circuit board?

Then the existing data on the drive with board replaced would not be accessible as it is encrypted. If you were doing a vice versa and adding the Passport/My Book board to a standard internal drive with existing data... would you be able to read from and continue to write to the drive or would the drive's encryption circuit/firmware insist on the drive being formatted, thus forcing encryption?
ElBuc13 m ago

Thanks both for the correction/clarification. When setting FileVault (data …Thanks both for the correction/clarification. When setting FileVault (data encryption in MacOS) it does take quite a while for it to do its thing on a drive with lots of data, so on the fly would certainly be less noticeable. Hypothetical question: I've seen a teardown of one of the WD passport external drives, and the drive is interchangable with a standard WD 2.5 inch HDD sold without the enclosure. So going on the assumption that the non portable My Book is the same, you could use the drive internally so long as you have a spare matching circuit board?Then the existing data on the drive with board replaced would not be accessible as it is encrypted. If you were doing a vice versa and adding the Passport/My Book board to a standard internal drive with existing data... would you be able to read from and continue to write to the drive or would the drive's encryption circuit/firmware insist on the drive being formatted, thus forcing encryption?

- the drives themselves have no chip, these are part of the enclosure, so can be used internally data free

- it would need formatting as the encryption key is different per chip. it would show in a new computer as inaccessible drive or fail to mount it completely. the decryption key is stored in the enclosure chip, no 2 are alike
watson444 h, 49 m ago

- the drives themselves have no chip, these are part of the enclosure, so …- the drives themselves have no chip, these are part of the enclosure, so can be used internally data free- it would need formatting as the encryption key is different per chip. it would show in a new computer as inaccessible drive or fail to mount it completely. the decryption key is stored in the enclosure chip, no 2 are alike


Right, that's good to know. In sensible terms this shouldn't really be an issue if you keep a full backup of everything (or two, the second in another location, to be super safe) then this is not really an issue. It is so much cheaper to buy two drives than to have to go through the nightmare of head/disc damage. Once was enough for me!
Edited by: "ElBuc" 22nd Mar
tan15922nd Mar

Please do tell


So shucked the driving which took about 5mins. Inside was a white label. WD80EZAZ. 5400 rpm, 256MB Cache.

Ran a few tests and have thrown it into a NAS and it fired up fine.
You might need to connect them to a PATA power cable + a molex converter to SATA power if they are not spinning for you.

(from Reddit)
reddit.com/r/D…ar/
Edited by: "Faiakes" 25th Mar
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