If this saved your life, you can express your happiness by your little donation (click Donate button).Thanks in advance!Regardless you had issues or not, please leave your feedback:. Your MBWE version?: MBWE I or MBWE II. Your MBWE revision?: RN B3D or other (labeled on the bottom, right under WD logo). Your hard disk description?: WD Caviar Green WD20EARS or other.
Your linux distro/version?: Ubuntu 12.x Live CD or other. Your firmware?: installed automatically by script or downloaded manually ver. 01.11.This will help maintain script validity and help people to resolve their issues. TroubleshootingFor any issues occurred during FW installation refer to generated mbwe/mbwe-status.log file, which you should backup before Ubuntu shutdown.
MBWE still does not bootInstead of using USB-to-SATA adapter (or any other external hotplug way) try to connect HDD directly to the SATA controller in your PC before starting the procedure. This can help as.As you power MBWE first time, it should go off after a couple of seconds. Then power it on again, holding power button for 3 seconds.Make also sure that HDD SATA connector sits closely in SATA MBWE socket.
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I know it’s hard to check, but it’s a lousy construction and can fail. I would even disassemble the case to see better that connection and to be 100% sure before the final give up.If above steps failed, the last thing you can do is to check your HDD against bad sectors (once again, even if you’ve taken that action at prerequisites step). MBWE firmware is based on some absolute blocks (especially boot sectors) and thus they cannot be bad or mapped as bad (that’s why you have to start with clean/raw HDD instead of formatted). Second disk failedIf you’ve encountered Failed to create volume or missing after second disk was installed (only SPAN is available), here is what you can do:1.
Clean second disk before installation.or2. Change manually RAID type in file /proto/SxMwebui/admin/ config.xml, editing at md2 (DataVolume) tag s to 1 (explanation: 0 is for RAID 0, 1 for RAID 1, j for JBOT, s for SPAN). You can access this file during FW installation procedure (there is pause point after NAS OS is installed) or any time later, mounting disk under Ubuntu in a manner described but finding icon called ‚1’ (OS partition).3.
After a few minutes MBWE gets unresponsiveIf your MBWE freezes (hangs) after some time of fully operational state it means that the processor has got overheated (probably you’ve used different disks than WD Greens that have caused temperature arise inside MBWE to 60 Celsius degrees or more). The solution is: a) to add MBWE processor radiator, glued with thermal paste and/or b) to stick to WD Green HDDs.
Few things are more upsetting than having a piece of hardware that doesn't work. Whether the hard drive died or you hacked it and made a mistake or you just want to restore the drive, this guide should turn your expensive paperweight back into a functional network hard drive. Caution: This voids the warranty. Time Requirement: Roughly an hour. There is a large download (700MB) that may take a while if you have a slow internet connection, so plan accordingly.
Technical Expertise: Low, but troubleshooting any errors encountered will likely require a higher level of knowledge and experience, particularly Linux. Requirements:.MyBook World EditionNote: I used the 500GB version with the blue circular light on the front.
Following this tutorial with a different version may have different results. A different size, single-disk version with the circular light should work though.Small Phillips screwdriver.Table knife.Desktop computer (PC) with a CD burner, SATA port, and internet connection.Network connections for both the MBW and PC.Blank CD for burning a copy of Ubuntu.Anti-static wristband. Caution: Before you try to open the case, make sure the MyBook is unplugged. Caution: Be aware of the risk of static electricity.
A small shock can fry electronic components. An anti-static arm band prevents this and can be found at small electronic retailers.1. Remove the plastic strip that seals the two major pieces of plastic together.
Use a screwdriver to pry it out if you're having troubles. (I lost this strip years ago, so it doesn't show up in any photos.)2. Separate the two major pieces of plastic by depressing the tabs on the top and bottom of the drive near the front curve. Pull forward on the curved piece of plastic fairly strongly for it to come apart.3.
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Four screws hold the hard drive in the case. Two of these are easy to access, the other two are right behind the plastic. If you remove some of the screws holding the metal frame into the plastic, I think you will be able to lift the frame up high enough to reach the other two screws.4.
Unplug the cable from the end of the hard drive and lift the hard drive out of the case. To restore the hard drive, we need access to the disk formatting tools offered in Linux. I used an Ubuntu 9.04 CD for this guide, but I expect that a newer version could be used without much trouble.1. Download a copy of Ubuntu. Go to and click the 'PC (Intel x86) desktop CD' link.
This will download a 700MB disk image (ISO file).Note: On a decent internet connection, expect this download to take about an hour to complete, but it could take much longer on slower connections.2. Windows 7 includes software to burn an ISO, simply double-click the file to automatically launch the burning program. On earlier versions of Windows you'll need to download a program to burn this; worked well for me in the past.3. Leave the CD in the drive and shut down your computer.4. Unplug the hard drives in your computer (so you can't accidentally overwrite them) and plug in the drive from the MyBook.5. Turn on your computer.
It should boot from the newly burned Ubuntu CD.6. Select the 'Try Ubuntu' option. The operating system will take a few minutes to load. Now that you are booted in Ubuntu, it's time to do the hard stuff.1. Download the rescue images mentioned in step 2 of. Extract the zip to a folder called rescue on the desktop, and move the other file into the newly-created rescue folder.2. On the menu at the top of the screen, select 'System', then 'Administration', then 'Partition Editor'.3.
In the Partition Editor, right-click the every entry and select 'Delete' except for the one marked labeled 'unallocated'. Click 'Apply'.
When the program is done running, close it.5. On the menu at the top of the screen, select 'Applications', then 'Accessories', then 'Terminal'.6. Enter the following commands one at a time:Note: It's important to follow these commands exactly.
A simple misspelling could mess up the guide. Luckily, if you mess up, just hop back to step 2 and continue from there.sudo sudd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=3000cd /home/ubuntu/Desktop/rescuedd if=rescue.img of=/dev/sdasfdisk /dev/sda /dev/sda1bunzip2 /dev/sda2bunzip2 /dev/sda3tune2fs -c -1 -i 0 /dev/sda1tune2fs -c -1 -i 0 /dev/sda3tune2fs -c -1 -i 0 /dev/sda4mkdir sda1mount -t ext3 /dev/sda1 sda1gedit sda1/etc/fstaba. Change line 10 to say '/dev/md4 ' to '/dev/sda4'b. Ctrl+S to save. Close the window.umount sda1 Credits: These commands were heavily borrowed from the directions at, with a few modifications where I changed the commands to be easier to follow or specific to Ubuntu.7.
Shut down the computer (upper right-hand corner of the screen) and remove the Ubuntu disk.8. Disconnect the MyBook hard drive and reconnect the original drives.9. Turn your computer back on.10. Place the MyBook hard drive back inside its case. I wouldn't recommend putting the case entirely back together just yet in case you discover something went wrong and you need to try the steps again.
If you enable SSH, it allows for the installation of some simple software on the hard drive.1. Copy and paste the following URL into the browser, changing IP Address to the address you noticed earlier. (Image 1)my IP address was 192.168.1.117, so my link started with 'Click the button that says 'Click to download and install'.3. Unplug the power for the MyBook and plug it back in. The drive should be accessible in a minute or two.SSH access is now available and accessible via a program such as.
(Image 2) To connect, the default username and password are both root. Just close up your computer case and the MyBook and get hacking! For installing a variety of different programs.I would recommend restarting the MyBook after every install or you might end up with program conflicts. (I accidentally messed stuff up while I was installing programs and ended up with a MyBook that wouldn't start up. If that happens, just restart this guide!) Considering the limited power of the MyBook, you probably also don't want to install too many programs that are always running or performance may degrade.If you encountered any issues, leave a comment and I'll update this guide. Thanks for plugging along and good luck! Thanks very much for this guide.
I am only Windows user so to make my Mybook live again, it was for me like the flight attendant have to land with a big aircraft without knowlege how to fly and when she is driven by some tower guy at the ground. I had the same feelings:-D But after about 1,5 hour of playing with commands in Linux and writing commands which I absolutely don't know what and why they are doing, I was successful - it means that this tutorial is written very well! The only problem I had was that the ZIP file with images was missing on the original location and when I downloaded it from some file sharing site here in Czech, there was missing one file (SDA3IMA.BZ2).
But knowing the name of the file, it was then very easy to google any other site and download other ZIP file which was complete. Now my Mybook is fully working again and I am going to sell it immediatelly and buy something better. I have several network drives from Western Digital and all are bad! One older model called Netcenter, has problems too, when it was running continuously about 2 years. I had to replace the hard drive there, it was totally damaged (even if nobody was doing notjhing physically with the device for all 2 years).
Then I had 2TB 2-drives Blue Rings drive where after about 2 years gets broken the power supply but due to this problem power supply one HDD in that 2-disk drive gets totally out! After that I bought another Blue Rings on the auction server, which was without the hard drive and I used the second (working) hard drive from the 2-disks device now, to repair just this one drive 1TB disk. After I connected the imaged HDD into the Mybook case and switched on, I realised, that also this device has bad power supply!!! I borrowed today one 12 Volt power supply from my work to test the device and with it it started running without any problem. I was able to download the SSH update as it is described in this tutorial, the drive is fully functional and I would like to 'never see it again' and I will never buy any other device from Western Digital.
They poor support for the users, high prices of the device and very complicated way to simply replace the drive, it is really big shit!!! I bought already one older Synology case (NAS) and to put there even any free hard drive, first which I took from my table, and install and use it, it is a fairytale! It worked immediately with no complications and also the Synology NAS has already installed lot of applications in the default. I can make a print server for example, without any hacking inside the firmware. So I say again - don't buy the shitting network drives from WD, if you want to keep your nerves calm!