What you do with the hard drive may be limited by Western Digital. The hard drive manufacturer will block some media files:

“…The ban operates regardless of whether the files are copy-protected, or a user’s own home-produced content.

Digital activists say it is the latest step in a so-called war on copyright theft that is damaging consumer rights.”

link: ‘Digital locks’ future questioned

There are a myriad of legitimate uses of media files. For example, for educational purposes, some media files provide on demand instruction for laboratory work. Undoubtedly, there are personal uses for media sharing of non copyright material. Apparently, that will be blocked too. It is a significant intrusion of what the consumer is allowed to do legitimately with a purchased product. Hackers will beat this limitation but that should not be necessary.

Catherine Forsythe
Director of Operations
FlyingHamster: http://flyinghamster.com/

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