I know nothing about linux, but i am going to learn. I replaced the HD in my MBWE and now need to configure the new HD according to the rescue procedure. I am at the debian.org webpage, but i do not know which one to download? there are test releases, stable releases, lenny releases they also have [alpha] [amd64] [arm] [hppa] [i386] [ia64] [mips] [mipsel] [powerpc] [sparc] [s390] [source] [multi-arch].i just need someone to steer me in the right path to linux. and i'll take it from there… thank you!
The mybook uses an arm (armv5tejl) processor details.
Dont use debian, but a livecd and follow the rescue procedure.
If your more advanced you can use debian lenny as a replacement, but as you said you know nothing about linux. Most topics on this forum are using the WD firmware/distro.
If you don't already have a linux PC, I recommend using the System Rescue CD livecd
In most cases, you should be happy with the Stable x86 or i386 editions for regular pc's.
They may not be the most current version of the program or fully optimized for your hardware, but they are functional and deemed fairly reliable.
The exact processor info for one of my dev mybook's is
Processor : ARM926EJ-Sid(wb) rev 5 (v5l) BogoMIPS : 99.73 Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp java CPU implementer : 0x41 CPU architecture: 5TEJ CPU variant : 0x0 CPU part : 0x926 CPU revision : 5 Cache type : write-back Cache clean : cp15 c7 ops Cache lockdown : format C Cache format : Harvard I size : 32768 I assoc : 4 I line length : 32 I sets : 256 D size : 32768 D assoc : 4 D line length : 32 D sets : 256 Hardware : Oxsemi NAS Revision : 0000 Serial : 0000000000000000
I completely agree with ionoff. I bricked my WDMBE500 and followed the rescue procedure to the letter and I now have a fully functioning NAS again. You can attach the hdd to a pc or laptop by means of a SATA-to-USB cable but remember to plug it in only after the livecd has fully loaded. Works like a charm. : )
It doesn't really matter which distro you use, as long as there are drivers for the SATA crontoller in this other computer.
I find the easiest way is to just attach the drive to a USB-SATA external drive enclosure.
You can then either boot from a Live CD/DVD (these boot from the CD into a fully-working version of Linux) and plug it in to the computer once the CD has booted.
You'll find Live CDs for most distros (I've used Gentoo, Sabayon and Fedora CDs), but pretty much any recent distro's live CD should do the job.