I'm not entirely sure if I'm posting this in the right section or if you can help me at all but so far this has been the most useful website I have found in weeks of googling.
I have a WD My Book Essential 1TB with Caviar Green sata HDD.
The USB port on the USB-SATA bridge pried off so I tried to access the drive using an ordinary SATA enclosure. I used Windows and it demanded that I initialise the drive - and so I did, to my demise. From that moment on I have had no joy in accessing the data.
Both in Windows and in Linux I can see one 30MB partition and nothing else. I was informed that this was due to hardware encryption, so I have prchased an exactly identical USB-SATA bridge for the drive and attempted to access the drive that way. When I do that, the device isn't picked up at all (not visible as a USB device) though it spins and the LED is blinking, so I shall asume that the bridge is working as designed. (I have tested it wiht two different tested mini USB cables and two different tested power adapters).
Further research informed me that this 30MB partition contained some info that allowed the USB-SATA bridge to read/decrypt the HDD. I haven't been able to recover any data from that said partition (used ntfsundelete).
I uderstand, though I might be wrong, that restoring the MBR from an image from a healthy drive should sort this out. Can you please advise if this is so? If so does any of you can get hands on such a drive and perhaps throw it in my direction?
Any help would be great, please let me know if you need any information.