use of the WD "my book" 4tb drive

Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Oct 3 15:18:02 UTC 2015

On 2 October 2015 at 20:02, John R. Sowden <jsowden at> wrote:
> I am looking at using the above drive, but a few questions came up. WD tech
> support is very vague on these issues.
> I want to partition the drive to more than 1 partition.  I say more than 1
> because WD says they support partitioning, but after a few more questions,
> that only applies to 1 partition!  So, has anyone partitioned one of these
> drives to different file systems, like ext4, fat32, a mac partition (not
> sure of the name) or the win file system (not sure of its name either)?
> They also say that they have not tested their mybook series of hd for linux!
> So they say they do not support the use of linux on their hd.  Any
> experience with ubuntu and the mybook series hd?
> Another Q.  What about the "hardware encryption"?  does hardware mean os
> agnostic?  has anyone used the hardware encryption with, say, ubuntu?  Does
> anyone know which encryption algorithm they use?

Ignore their complaints, they're just covering their ass so they don't
have to give you tech support.

Yes it should work fine with Linux. Note, you will need to use GUID
partitioning, it's too big for an MBR partition table.

I think you will find that you cannot use the encryption with Linux,
but you can use Linux's own encryption, LUKS, if you need it.

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