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Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 4th, 2018, 16:24

infofaster wrote:I have one 2.5 USB drive with the chip asmedia ASM1051W BSP43107B2. Can you crack this one? and if yes what is the price of your software? Thank you

Can you please upload images of both sides of the PCB?
You can also send me a private message with your email if you want.

Thank you very much.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 7th, 2018, 5:20

Roberto, here it is the images from the PCB.
Image , Image
Can you help me in this case? Thank you very much.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 7th, 2018, 10:55

infofaster wrote:Can you help me in this case?

I can not say for sure, but I think it should work.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 14th, 2018, 14:06

Spildit wrote:Wishing you good luck !!!

I think luck is exactly what I need for this case
But with the help of god everything is possible :D

Spildit wrote:Please do post your results when you do manage to decrypt the drive (or not) !

HDD is in my hand, but I can not say much yet.
Will come back later to report.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 16th, 2018, 4:58

infofaster wrote:Can you help me in this case?

Is it you from whom I received the key sector at my email address?
Can you please send me a private message with your real name?

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

May 16th, 2018, 5:09

Roberto wrote:
infofaster wrote:Can you help me in this case?

Is it you from whom I received the key sector at my email address?
Can you please send me a private message with your real name?


No, I don't send you anything. I'm waiting for a reply from the client about the price.
Best regards :)

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 0:55

Hi Roberto
So I have a WDBFJK0020HBK-04 drive that I cannot access. Windows says to "initialize and format". Seems to be an older drive because the HD date code is 3 Feb 2014.
I've been reading up a bit on trying to access this drive but am a bit confused. Everywhere I read says JMicron / Initio / Symwave / PLX are the chips for AES encryption, but (after opening the case), I cannot see these chips on the WD controller board. If I'm guessing what the chip should be, it's marked as ASM1051W (Looking at the infofaster's photo above, my controller board is smaller...almost like a little triangle).

I guess my first question is: is this an encrypted drive? I'm really hesitant about taking it out of the case and booting into windows to see about recovery (after reading Mr Kaeding's comment about people ruining the MBR by doing that.....). If it is encrypted, would your tool work? Much thanks!

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 3:43

chrall1970 wrote:Windows says to "initialize and format".


chrall1970 wrote:If it is encrypted, would your tool work?

you're not there yet

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 10:49

chrall1970 wrote:I guess my first question is: is this an encrypted drive?
You'll have to show us MBR or the second sector.
Then we'll be able to tell you if the drive is encrypted.

chrall1970 wrote:If it is encrypted, would your tool work? Much thanks!
For many or the most cases the answer is: Yes

chrall1970 wrote:I'm really hesitant about taking it out of the case and booting into windows to see about recovery (after reading Mr Kaeding's comment about people ruining the MBR by doing that.....).
You should connect the drive to a running Windows PC via another working USB converter.
Then you can use tools like DMDE to show us the first sectors of the hard drive.

Best Regards,
Roberto

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 14:13

jermy wrote:
chrall1970 wrote:Windows says to "initialize and format".

chrall1970 wrote:If it is encrypted, would your tool work?

you're not there yet


Hi Jermy... If I'm not there yet, maybe a little help in the right direction? :wink:


Roberto wrote:
chrall1970 wrote:I guess my first question is: is this an encrypted drive?
You'll have to show us MBR or the second sector.
Then we'll be able to tell you if the drive is encrypted.

chrall1970 wrote:If it is encrypted, would your tool work? Much thanks!
For many or the most cases the answer is: Yes

chrall1970 wrote:I'm really hesitant about taking it out of the case and booting into windows to see about recovery (after reading Mr Kaeding's comment about people ruining the MBR by doing that.....).
You should connect the drive to a running Windows PC via another working USB converter.
Then you can use tools like DMDE to show us the first sectors of the hard drive.
Best Regards,
Roberto


Hi Roberto - thank you for the the reply. I have a USB/e-sata drive caddy that I can plug the WD drive into.
But wouldn't that risk modifying the MBR, if I connect that way?

I also have a Ubuntu USB stick that I can boot to if needed.
If it wasn't for the fact my 78-yr old father decided to use this My Book as his master photo drive, I'd just toss the enclosure and format the drive.
But...I need to try to get his photos back.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 15:34

But wouldn't that risk modifying the MBR, if I connect that way?
I also have a Ubuntu USB stick that I can boot to if needed.

The same Mr. Kaeding (in all likelyhood) wrote me this a few months ago when inquired about the issue I exposed in the previous page :
> “DO NOT connect to a Windows machine without a write-blocker. Windows corrupts sector 0 whether you ask it to or not.”
I tried to look for a free write-blocker for Windows but couldn't find any, it seems to be a very specialized kind of tool, aimed for forensic purposes ; and the person I was trying to help gave up, so I stopped investigating...
Does anyone know a reliable write-blocker, freeware or relatively cheap ?
Otherwise it should be safer under Ubuntu indeed, you just have to find another way to extract the required sectors (you can probably do that with a simple dd command).

Which comment were you refering to above ? Was it on this forum or elsewhere ?
I'm really hesitant about taking it out of the case and booting into windows to see about recovery (after reading Mr Kaeding's comment about people ruining the MBR by doing that.....).

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 16:13

abolibibelot wrote:(...)Does anyone know a reliable write-blocker, freeware or relatively cheap ?
(...)


Any *DECENT* firmware tool (hardware based) like PC-3000, MRT, HRT-DRE, etc should have a Data Extraction component (DE) that can be set to READ ONLY. You can plug a drive to a tool like this and it will NOT write a single sector to the drive unless you want to. From there you can simply copy the data or extract the data ...

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 19th, 2018, 17:46

The posting I was referencing was a July 12th post on a WD community forum. I don't know if it's against site rules to link, but it was the first link that came up in Google, which was where I started my research into trying to recover the photos on the drive.

As for accessing the drive, I'm a bit limited.
I'm not a data recovery company, just a regular PC user looking for some help/direction with recovery.

Before I start sticking the drive into my drive caddy, I'm just trying to do my homework and avoid making a crappy situation worse.
I'm not a rich person person by any means, but if there is software that can read the drive and allow me to copy the photos to another drive, I'm willing to purchase it.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 20th, 2018, 6:21

To block windows writing, you can just alter few bytes inside MBR (for example you might change last two MBR bytes from '55 AA' to 'FF FF'), windows will not mount any partition and it will not try to write or modify anything.
At this point, only data recovery softwares will be able to handle it.

You can use DMDE DOS to change those bytes.

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 28th, 2018, 18:00

Hey there, I am in a situation where I am attempting to recover information from a WD My Book 3TB drive. It has the Symwave chipset. I am unsure of where to start but am looking for some help in the right direction.

What can I provide that may help with starting this process?

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

June 28th, 2018, 18:49

klturi421 wrote:Hey there, I am in a situation where I am attempting to recover information from a WD My Book 3TB drive. It has the Symwave chipset. I am unsure of where to start but am looking for some help in the right direction.

What can I provide that may help with starting this process?


First you should had started by opening a new thread instead of writing here as it might start to be a thread with mixed problems from diferent users.

Now you can tell use more details like :

- Drive full model ?
- Does it spin at all ?
- Does it make clicking sounds ?
- Can you access the data at all ? Does it show on BIOS/Windows ?
- Did you convert the PCB to SATA or use SATA equivalent ? Did you swap ROM ? Did you clone the drive ?
- Can you access the drive over SATA ? Does the drive have a USB only PCB ?
etc ... etc ...

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

July 25th, 2018, 16:25

Roberto,

Hey Roberto can you send me an Email.
I might have job for you!

MH.Video@icloud.com

Greets

Re: WD My Passport Decryption Tool

August 9th, 2018, 12:22

BrushSoul wrote:Hey Roberto can you send me an Email.

I have sent you an email.


Best Regards,
Roberto
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