can you take/use drives out of the wd book duo (6tb red) or will they not work?

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Found 4th Oct 2016
read different reports they are encrypted and only work in enclosure
im looking to get my hands on cheap reds so this is an option i am looking at for my nas
as i require 6tb

thanks

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I don't see why they wouldn't work. I took the drive out of a My Book 3TB for my NAS and it's been working fine

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just concerned about this

"Published on Feb 9, 2015
** WARNING **
I do not recommend this enclosure any more... There is forced encryption that appears after the drive is in use for a little while... This cannot be turned off, if your enclosure fails (not the drives), you will NOT have access to your files for recovery... The drives are encrypted and are not recognized outside of this enclosure... It has been confirmed here: https://community.wd.com/t/wd-my-book...."

youtube.com/wat…9QU

Original Poster

bloooo

I don't see why they wouldn't work. I took the drive out of a My Book 3TB … I don't see why they wouldn't work. I took the drive out of a My Book 3TB for my NAS and it's been working fine


what coloudr were the drives in your mybook? green?

Blues I think, not much difference really. Certainly not reds

Just over a month ago I purchased 2 x 12tb My Book Duo. Both had 2 x 6tb Red drives in them. They are now installed in my QNAP NAS and working fine.

Original Poster

bearcat

Just over a month ago I purchased 2 x 12tb My Book Duo. Both had 2 x 6tb … Just over a month ago I purchased 2 x 12tb My Book Duo. Both had 2 x 6tb Red drives in them. They are now installed in my QNAP NAS and working fine.


brill thanks

wakkaday

just concerned about this"Published on Feb 9, 2015** WARNING **I do not … just concerned about this"Published on Feb 9, 2015** WARNING **I do not recommend this enclosure any more... There is forced encryption that appears after the drive is in use for a little while... This cannot be turned off, if your enclosure fails (not the drives), you will NOT have access to your files for recovery... The drives are encrypted and are not recognized outside of this enclosure... It has been confirmed here: https://community.wd.com/t/wd-my-book...."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Htrt0iH9QU



Following the link it's clear that he's only talking about data encryption and nothing that would render the drives 'not recognised' or anything like that.

If you wanted to preserve the data on the drives then it would be a big problem. If you're going to grab the drives empty and start afresh it's no issue at all.
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