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Help With Western Digital My Book Green or Blue 5TB Data Preperation

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I remember people discussing green vs blue when I bought this external hard drive. Is there some sort of prep work to this device I'm supposed to do before using it? If I recall also, someone mentioned that if the enclosure dies before the hard drive, then I lose the data due to encyption?

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Here's the device I'm talking about
https://community.wd.com/t/wdbfjk...ive/139449

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From my understanding, WD discontinued the green drive as it had a poorer performance than blue, so everything you buy from them now will be a blue drive.

As for prep work, I only recommend you treat your hard drive nice. Since it's not an SSD, it's going to have moving parts that won't take nicely to being dropped / thrown around. Make sure you lay it flat when using it and have a safe storage location for it!
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From my understanding, WD discontinued the green drive as it had a poorer performance than blue, so everything you buy from them now will be a blue drive.

As for prep work, I only recommend you treat your hard drive nice. Since it's not an SSD, it's going to have moving parts that won't take nicely to being dropped / thrown around. Make sure you lay it flat when using it and have a safe storage location for it!
Green drives had slower rotational speed 5400rpm used less power and heat, but were usually larger capacity and sometimes less expensive. They had their place. Good for backup, media storage, etc. Not the best choice for OS, VM, NAS, etc. All WD did was rebrand https://techreport.com/news/29251...rebranding


I would add to your list of recommendations to only move it when the drive is off and the heads are parked. Have a backup too, more then one drive, ideally in different physical locations.
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I remember people discussing green vs blue when I bought this external hard drive. Is there some sort of prep work to this device I'm supposed to do before using it? If I recall also, someone mentioned that if the enclosure dies before the hard drive, then I lose the data due to encyption?

Thoughts?

Here's the device I'm talking about
https://community.wd.com/t/wdbfjk...ive/139449
Explain your Encryption concern please.
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Explain your Encryption concern please.

Sorry to clarify, my actual concern is in regards to the enclosure itself. It's my understanding if the enclosure dies, but the hardware is inside spinning just fine, you'll still lose the data. I read that there's maybe some sort of hardware encryption on the enclosure. So my questions, other than stripping the drive out and putting it into my desktop, how do I free the drive of this hardware encryption while still getting the benefits of it being external?
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Sorry to clarify, my actual concern is in regards to the enclosure itself. It's my understanding if the enclosure dies, but the hardware is inside spinning just fine, you'll still lose the data. I read that there's maybe some sort of hardware encryption on the enclosure. So my questions, other than stripping the drive out and putting it into my desktop, how do I free the drive of this hardware encryption while still getting the benefits of it being external?
Typically these enclosures don't have hardware encryption on them.

Just looked for your model and found little info on it.

Usually if an enclosure has encryption, it can be turned on or off in setup.

What usually happens to people is that an enclosure will have multiple drives in it and be set up in a RAID config. Depending on which RAID spec used, data will be lost if 1 drive dies (RAID 0) or everything is fine as the 2nd drive has a full copy (Raid 1).
0 gives you speed and full storage capacity, where as 1 puts the same data on both drives and gives you fault tolerance should 1 drive die, but now you have half the stated capacity.

From what I could find, it's a single drive and so RAID is not an issue.

Encryption shouldn't be an issue if you turn it off.
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Safety note...that if you have your external drive plugged in all the time, and your pc gets infected with Cryptolocker or other ransom software, your externals will probably be encrypted with the ransomware as well....so only hook up your external drives to your computer when you need them and then disconnect them.
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Typically these enclosures don't have hardware encryption on them.

Just looked for your model and found little info on it.

Usually if an enclosure has encryption, it can be turned on or off in setup.

What usually happens to people is that an enclosure will have multiple drives in it and be set up in a RAID config. Depending on which RAID spec used, data will be lost if 1 drive dies (RAID 0) or everything is fine as the 2nd drive has a full copy (Raid 1).
0 gives you speed and full storage capacity, where as 1 puts the same data on both drives and gives you fault tolerance should 1 drive die, but now you have half the stated capacity.

From what I could find, it's a single drive and so RAID is not an issue.

Encryption shouldn't be an issue if you turn it off.
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Safety note...that if you have your external drive plugged in all the time, and your pc gets infected with Cryptolocker or other ransom software, your externals will probably be encrypted with the ransomware as well....so only hook up your external drives to your computer when you need them and then disconnect them.
Actually, it is probable that this external drive does encrypt the data as it is added to the drive. Usually the encryption in these drives is done through the USB/SATA bridge. It is hardware encryption and cannot be turned off. This means that, if you remove the hard drive from the enclosure after you have added data to it, you will not be able to access the data unless you have data recovery tools and knowledge. I don't know about this particular drive, but all the WD external drives except the Elements line did have this sort of encryption last I checked. It is also possible that this drive doesn't have SATA connectors on it-- the USB interface might be soldered to the PCB. That used to be the case only with the 2.5" drives, but may also be true of some of the 3.5" desktop drives now, I don't know.
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Actually, it is probable that this external drive does encrypt the data as it is added to the drive. Usually the encryption in these drives is done through the USB/SATA bridge. It is hardware encryption and cannot be turned off. This means that, if you remove the hard drive from the enclosure after you have added data to it, you will not be able to access the data unless you have data recovery tools and knowledge. I don't know about this particular drive, but all the WD external drives except the Elements line did have this sort of encryption last I checked. It is also possible that this drive doesn't have SATA connectors on it-- the USB interface might be soldered to the PCB. That used to be the case only with the 2.5" drives, but may also be true of some of the 3.5" desktop drives now, I don't know.
Thanks for the heads-up on that.
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