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Unencrypted WD External HDDs?

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A few months (probably almost a year) ago I was looking for a new external HDD. I ended up getting a Seagate 2 TB drive, instead of a WD seeing as I hated the whole file encryption feature, I was wondering if any WD drives without that feature still exist. I can only buy the drive from Amazon.uk  The drive didn't fail or anything, but I'm feeling a bit paranoid.

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Oh, didn't know about this. I may actually have that kind of model, but it's plugged to my Wii U so it's formatted for that particular Wii U only with proprierary file system so yay for not being able to backup my save files or use 1.5 TB of free space for anything else on that drive! (Because I had 500GB USB powered HDD earlier but Wii U system update broke the compatibility and my data with it, so I just bought Nintendo approved model so I didn't have to suffer like that). 

 

Personally would avoid Seagate for same reason, I'm paranoid about losing data with those things. At that point I would buy internal WD HDD and put it onto high quality external HDD USB 3 closure. 

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Is it easy to store safely though? Or would I have to constantly wrap the HDD around something in order to protect it?

What? No, no, no. 

Closures are basically the same as any external HDD, but they don't come with HDD. They usually have either screws or friction mechanism so you can insert any internal HDD in it and after that it's regular external HDD. Usually really useful for reusing old laptop HDDs after SSD upgrade for example, so earlier HDD acts as an USB3 external HDD from that point onwards!

 

At least here, price comes down to almost the same (2TB WD 3.5" internal and 3.5" closure ~100€, 2TB WD 3.5" external ~100€). So if only problem is the forced encryption, I would personally go with that instead of Seagate, because every time I have heard someones HDD breaking it's either a laptop that has been moved or user cheaped out and bought seagate. 

 

Not familiar with Amazon.co.uk and can't find any models that are sold in my country there, but here's one example (not sure if it's any good): http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-inch-U3PD-SATA-Enclosure/dp/B00BHARA6O/

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What? No, no, no. 

Closures are basically the same as any external HDD, but they don't come with HDD. They usually have either screws or friction mechanism so you can insert any internal HDD in it and after that it's regular external HDD. Usually really useful for reusing old laptop HDDs after SSD upgrade for example, so earlier HDD acts as an USB3 external HDD from that point onwards!

 

At least here, price comes down to almost the same (2TB WD 3.5" internal and 3.5" closure ~100€, 2TB WD 3.5" external ~100€). So if only problem is the forced encryption, I would personally go with that instead of Seagate, because every time I have heard someones HDD breaking it's either a laptop that has been moved or user cheaped out and bought seagate. 

 

Not familiar with Amazon.co.uk and can't find any models that are sold in my country there, but here's one example (not sure if it's any good): http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-inch-U3PD-SATA-Enclosure/dp/B00BHARA6O/

It looks okay I suppose, I just don't have any money for a new HDD now though, so I'll have to sadly stick with the Seagate but maybe I'm going to be lucky and hopefully it won't die on me. Thanks though.

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