My mbwe has recently stopped working i can here the drive spin up when i plug it in but no blue light comes on and the drive never fires up. i thin kthe drive inside is still good and i would like to remove it and place it into my computer as an internal drive. i took the mbwe apart and noticed that it has a regular sata plug but the power wire is soldered right to the board inside. I was wondering what would be the easiest way around this problem. Any help will be truly appreciated.
I suppose you can do it. I doubt there is any hardcoded chip that is part of the mybook is in there.
As far with the power, you can cut the power line and leave the wire long enough and get a female plug and patch it.
Isn't it still warrantied? I bought mine when they first came out and my warranty is good till 2012… but if you want to recover your data… u can pop it into your computer and it will work just fine…
Yes it is still under warranty but i have stuff on there i dont exactly want to send to western digital. Plus i have not had much luck with my mbwe since i got it and want to try to cut my losses and save the internal drive. AS far as the power wires go i have two blacks and a red and yellow on the mbwe on my female end of my power supply i have the same wires i thought about either soldering the wires together or just stripping back the wires on the mbwe and shoving them into the female end of my power supply wire . i am not sure that this will work and am looking for some advice from someone who knows because i sure don t and don't want to fry anything. As far as the female plug patch mentioned by Worldbookuser where might i find one of these and what would i call it. I really appreciate the help i have allready recieved with this problem and will appreciate anymore advice that might help me .
I had one of my mbwe die and i am trying to get the drives to work with as an internal drive so i can recover the data i have on it but not having any luck with windows recognizing the drives. any insight would be sweet. thanks
i think that i know the solution to windows not recognizing the drive. i found the answer to this by googling "rescuing data from mybook world edition" It says that the drive is formatted in a linux version witch windows does not recognize. you need to download ubuntu and use that to get the information of the disk and onto another so you can format the drive. I am no computer person by any means but this is what i have found i n my search for answers to this problem. I am currently waiting for the cable i need and my new 1 tb drive to come from newegg so that i can try to rescue my files. good luck and any other help from others will be appreciated
You don't mention if your drive is a 2-disk version or not?
If it is a single disk version you should be able to mount it as an ext3 device. In windows this requires the ext2 driver: http://www.fs-driver.org/
If it is a double disk version you will need to mount both the drives as a raid array using mdadm.
I have done just that today, and the drive seems to be working. I too don't want to send any of the personal information I have in there to WD. (Does anyone know if they will send out a replacement motherboard for it?) I already had the fs-driver pointed to by alephsmith, and Windows can "see" the partitions, but shows them all as empty and asks me if I want to format them. I think something else is going on with encryption or something. I can't seem to get Ubuntu or any other "live cd" version of Linux I've tried to boot on my system. I have a 56" TV as my monitor connected to HDMI on my video. It seems to work fine until about when X Windows would start, then the screen goes blank, and the TV complains about no signal. The live cd probably cant handle the HDMI output without some configuration, which I can't get to cause I can't see anything. It is probably outputting to the VGA port, which isn't connected. My TV doesn't even have a VGA port. Anyone have any other ideas?
By the way, the drive is a completely standard SATA drive. Mine is a WD10EACS model. A standard SATA power supply or an adapter for a standard old type hard drive power supply connector and a standard SATA cable and open port on the motherboard is all that is required. The connectors in the MyBook are just the power and SATA connectors fused together as one. It will accept standard separate connectors.
Never mind. It works just fine now. I guess it took a while to read the disk structure, and I just didn't give it enough time. I have access to ALL of my files now. I think the motherboard in my MyBook got fried in a recent electrical storm. The drive still works fine connected directly though.
edit I think I probably re-booted too. That is probably what actually made it start working…… Yes, I know I rebooted trying to get a live cd of linux to use my HDMI connection instead of VGA.
its good to here someone who has had success in using there drive as an internal drive. I am still waiting for my power cable from newegg. i will be glad when i have my files back. i purchased another one tb drive so i guess il have 2 tb now. more room for more crap awesome. if anyone needs the case and circuit board from my mbwe let me know i won't be needing mine anymore it has one the battle i give up with that thing.
From reading other threads in this forum, I'm wondering if my board got fried, or the Linux installation in there got corrupted. Anyway, I think I'm going to give up on the network attached idea with this one. I bought an external SATA docking station by Thermaltake. They have them on Amazon and NewEgg for about $40. I used the MyBook 99% of the time with the same computer when it worked, and I was always disappointed with the speed. Connected via SATA, the drive is nearly as fast as my boot drive. Not quite, as the MyBook drive is 5400 RPM, and my boot one is 7200 and 32MB buffer. The dock connects to the computer with SATA which is exactly as fast as putting it in the computer, or USB 2.0, which is slower, but still faster than through the network to the MyBook, and I can move it to an older computer that does not have SATA. I also leave the computer I usually use it on turned on most of the time. I can just turn on sharing for the drive and still use it through the network. I never used the sharing through the internet features. The cool thing about this dock is that you just plop a bare drive in there just like putting an iPod into a dock. You don't have to install it into any enclosure. It works with any 3.5" or 2.5" SATA drive. That way, I can have several drives that I can switch out for making backups and store away safely without having to install or assemble anything. It seems pretty cool, and I'm looking forward to trying it out when it gets here.