1TB MBWE Blue Rings (2.00.18) was running fine out of box, un-modded for a while. Never really had a need to change anything.
- Had a power outage, (No UPS at home), and ever since, I'm constantly getting the inner outer LEDs blinking = RAID Degraded mode (drive failed).
- Took the "failed" SATA drive out, put it in my XP Pro box, deleted all partitions, ran a quick format (NTFS), put it back in the MBWE, formatted as new drive, and watched it Sync for a few hours and then go back into RAID degraded mode.
- Took it back out and hooked it up to the XP box, and ran WDLG tools, quick, full, and write zeroes, all passed.
- Put it back in the MBWE, watched it sync for another few hours, and it went back yet again into RAID Degraded mode (drive failed).
I'm 99.9% certain the drive is fine based on the WD diagnostic results.
Wondering if it blew something during the power outage that isn't allowing it to sync properly?
The real issue I'm left with is that even after disabling shares/WD Access Anywhere, etc… it still won't even attempt to upgrade the firmware (allowing me to begin SSH hack) because the disk is out of sync, or failed. Is there any way to force an upgrade, even with the software preventing it due to incorrect "failure criteria" being met?
Have tried letting it sync the drives without the NIC plugged in, with the NIC plugged in… same result.
I have all the data backed up to other locations, so I can do most anything suggested.
I bought this on ebay, so I'm not sure I can do an RMA.
Semi-Unrelated Note: Also noticed that the disks were HOT so I did a minor case mod and added an 18cfm x 11dBa Silenx fan. (See photos)
Tapped directly into the 12v power supply and soldered leads to the fan, so it's always cooling, even when the device is shut down.
Don't think this should cause an issue, as it's not drawing much power at all, and all the symptoms I'm describing were present before.
(I thought maybe just general overheating was the issue…)
Thanks in advance for your help!