My mybook WE II 1TB crashed on me a few weeks ago while I was in the middle of streaming a movie off from it. No warning whatsoever, it just stopped responding and disappeared from the network. After disassembling it and connecting a serial monitor, I found that there was trouble with one of the disks (and I had it in the default mode of linear) It would fail to start up including even getting to the point of enabling the fan (yeah, great way to burn up everything that *is* still working, WD) So, after some finagling - and I honestly don't know what I did that eventually worked- I was able to get it up and running again so I could copy off my 600GB of data.
Alright- to "cut to the chase": While copying off my data I left the serial monitor open and watched the messages. What I saw happening was that it would hit some clusters where it would point to some invalid cluster as the next one. On about the 4th attempt of seeking past the cylinders, it would completely crash and take the whole thing offline. I have been lucky so far in that power-cycling it quickly lets it come back up properly. I also found that if I cancel the copy operation before the 4th attempt, it will be fine and I can resume copying after removing the damaged file from the que.
So, here's my thoughts: It seems like a file system problem more than a hardware problem with my drive. Once I copy the data I need off the drives, I intend to "start over" and hack it properly right from the beginning. This includes switching to a secure RAID array, turning off mionet, etc…
What I would like to know is if there are disk tools available to run on these drives to "scandisk" or "defrag" them so this doesn't happen again? It would have been nice for there to be some tools available from the web interface to do some simple maintenance on the drives like this. It would have probably preventing all my problems to begin with.
The upside is that I will installing a 9pin serial port connector to the outside of the case now since the console has been so helpful to me. I will probably also replace the 2 500GB drives with 2 1TB drives.
My second question is actually a call for suggestions. Since I am going to be starting over from scratch, what tools and features should I set up? I use my drive to stream movies and music to my Xbox media center, as well as using it for common folder storage for my projects between my various computers. I do some torrents and such, but I have no problem using my PC drive for that and just copying stuff over. It might be nice to set up a secure FTP server that I can access from somewhere else to get to some of my stuff when I am away from home.
Not looking for anything step-by-step. I know mostly where to find the information to do all these things. I am just looking for some suggestions of what configuration to start with and what others using their mybook for the same purposes have found essential. I am more interested in getting working the way I want than playing around with it every day, so I don't want to really "try the newest thing" all the time. I just want it to do what I need, reliably.
Any suggestions for my generic questions (lol)?