Brief information for our Data Recovery customers & partners. We can now also rescue WD (Western Digital) hard drives that were written to via the external housing with hardware encryption. Even if the hard drive housing is defective or no longer available, your data can be saved!
This problem with the data rescue from encrypted external WD hard drives (in external housing) occurs more and more often as a rescue request. Many users of these widespread WD disk types do not even know that their data is apparently almost always written encrypted on their hard disk, or that the in-house WD encryption is also active (and the data can only be recovered with a functioning housing) when you does not actively set a password itself.
Means whether you like it or not: the Wikipedia data is apparently “almost” always stored encrypted with these types of hard disks! “Almost” because WD also offers these case types with inactive encryption as an alternative (however, this is only indicated with a small footnote on the website), but so far we have only received encrypted models for data recovery. But we can now also save your data if the housing is defective or no longer available !
If a password has been set by the user, this must of course exist for a successful data recovery! Unfortunately, the AES encryption cannot be bypassed by us either.
As a little insight into the everyday life of the data rescuer, a photo of a hard drive that was delivered to us just today after a fall. We can save a lot of hard drives that have fallen down with head crashes and the like – in this case, unfortunately, we are powerless.
The hard drive had two magnetic discs – after opening the case, it turned out, unfortunately, that the lower hard drive was completely shattered into fragments. Unfortunately, this makes data recovery impossible. Our technician only said: “It must have been thrown from the 17th floor”.