I have the 500 Gb single drive version of the WDMB NAS attached over a router to a windows laptop. It's not hacked or modified.
A couple of weeks ago it half died: the blue light is on, I can ping it (it asks for IP, so it's not completely dead) but neither the http or smb interfaces work, so I can't access any files. A couple of times I've actually managed to get it to boot, and the data was fine, and I should have known better and just copied the data across right then, but I didn't have the spare capacity elsewhere.
I've been outgrowing the WDMB anyway, so I have just invested in a TranquilPC multi-drive Atom-based NAS solution which will arrive soon. My thought is that I'll just use the drive in the WDMB as a second drive in the new NAS.
However, I would like to get my data off the device first. Is there some way of mounting the Linux partitions under Windows if I connect the drive through a USB enclosure? Is the data protected or is it available just like that. Or is there a better and simpler way of doing this.
I don't really know how to do anything in Linux very much (apart from a few basic commands), so I'd rather avoid having to install it on my laptop.