Western Digital Decryption tools
Apple removes ContentFilterExclusionList in 11.2 beta 2
news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-14
It's about choice and control over your data - an educated user knows that with hardware encryption, it is very difficult to retrieve data if the encryption fails. There's also the trust factor where you would prefer to have the keys, rather than trust some hardware.
(E.g. Some Western Digital drives have problems with the hardware encryption and made the data irretrievable for many - https://github.com/andlabs/reallymine/issues/53 ).
What is being questioned and criticized is the removal of this choice. Especially when a product claims a commitment to privacy.
My external HDD cannot be accessed. I have scoured the internet for an answer and contacted the Microsoft support center but no one encountered this problem before.
reddit.com/r/techsupport | 2021-01-09
If you don't want to do that then you can try to remove the drive from the enclosure and have a look at how it's constructed. If it has a SATA to USB bridge then you can try connecting it internally on a PC. However, many WD drives have always-on data encryption in the USB-SATA bridge. You can undo this encryption on some models with this tool, or this tool.
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