I guess I should begin with the back story and explain why I would do something so dumb in the first place. I have owned a MyBook DVR Expander 1TB eSATA for about a year. Never had an issue with it. I upgraded to a 2TB iomega drive a few months ago for my DVR so I've been using the MyBook for backing up my laptop. It has been a bit inconvenient having to make sure it is hooked up for the scheduled backup every week and I had thought it would be nice to have a network drive for backups, that would get me completely wireless, but I had put that off for the future.
My sisters PC had been giving her trouble so I took it home to check it out. I had suspected the hard drive was the problem from what she had described and I found I was correct when it wouldn't pass even the simple read/write tests so she needed a new drive. I figured this would be a good opportunity to get her comp fixed and get me a network drive while making her pay for most of it :) Best buy had the MyBook live on sale for 109 so I told her I would pay 40 and she would pay 70, she gets the drive, I get the enclosure for my use. She agreed so I made the purchase. I took the hard drive out of it, put it in her computer, got it up and running and back to her the same day. She was pleased. In hindsight, I should have left the NAS intact and used my old drive for her system, but that would have meant more work, like I said, hindsight. Nevertheless, putting my old drive, with all my stored files, into the NAS enclosure didn't work (I'm sure you knew that part already).
First, I needed to save my files to another drive so I picked up a MyPassport 320 at walmart for 40 bucks (so far, fixing my sisters computer has coat ME 80 bucks, but I got a couple drives out of it, not so bad). Now that the NAS drive is clean I found your forum for instructions on debricking it. After a couple weeks reading and trying to understand your language (linuxese) I figured I'd try it. I used knoppix for the first time, very nice OS, I'm glad I found it, but still no luck in figuring out how to use it. Eventually, I realized it would take me a year to learn all I needed to know to debrick that thing. I decided "what the heck" and I went back to bestbuy and picked up ANOTHER MyBook Live which was no longer on sale so this one cost me 140 (up to 220 to fix my sisters computer, sigh. She's lucky I love her.) I cloned the drive, that took 18hours. Still no luck. Converted from MBR to GPT and again cloned the drive, no luck. Decided to compare the drives using knoppix and behold, flagged the part1 and part2 as Raid got it back online and viewable on the network, but the data partition was unusable. At least now I have access to the UI. I am currently doing a complete factory reset (6 hours into it so far). If that doesn't work, I'll be back to do some more reading, but I have high hopes that this will get it up and working.
So after all that I'll end up with 2 1TB MyBook Live drives and a cool little portable 320GB MyPassport all for 220 bucks. Not too shabby. Now I have to figure out how I can justify having so much storage. Time to start downloading useless junk!