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Here you are:
new_wix_nas_firmware.img wixFW_downloaded_automatically.wgspider
[root@MyBookWorld upgrade_download]# md5sum new_wix_nas_firmware.img

7220b7cbb15bdf394705a217fa8b1dda new_wix_nas_firmware.img

it was downloaded via auto_update tool from webgui.

cat wixFW_downloaded_automatically.wgspider slash nas slash wdhxnc-01.02.14.img
=> ‘wdhxnc-01.02.14.img’

I have all of them if you want them ?

Re: Restoring an old friend by sparkynzlsparkynzl, 15 Aug 2017 04:15

Which is the boot partition? I found rescue.img, sda_ptab, sda1_ima.bz2, sda2_ima.bz2

I just need sda3_ima.bz2 and I think sda4_bz2 (but I think I can make that manually, since it's the data partition.

Actually I have the copy of all the partitions, but my mbr dd image will not allow it to boot :( so I need a copy of a boot partition.

Re: Restoring an old friend by sparkynzlsparkynzl, 12 Aug 2017 20:42

If you track down the images I would like to know, I've been looking for them for weeks and all the links on here are dead :(

Re: Restoring an old friend by sparkynzlsparkynzl, 12 Aug 2017 20:38

Does any have or can point me in the direction for the WD_MYBOOK_WE_500GB_IMA.7z file?

All the links here are dead.


Restoring an old friend by funkymonkryfunkymonkry, 10 Aug 2017 03:48

You should always have a user in back, who is allowed to do a "sudo"!

I am not sure, but IIRC a firmware up/downgrade also resets the passwd?!

Re: WBL free space
PomeroiPomeroi 05 Aug 2017 10:45
in discussion Forum / My Book Live » WBL free space

Where do you see the disk is empty, and who is "it" who shows it is occupied?

Re: WBL free space by PomeroiPomeroi, 05 Aug 2017 10:45

Hi Pippolino,

your setup ist not ideal in many ways:

  • keeping a usb-drive attached is a waste of energy. Does it even spin down?
  • ANY important automated process should report any failure!
  • NTFS is not the best choice for cross-OSing.

To offer some hints for your current setup:
You can try and check the optware packages. There is "ntfsprogs". I did not check whether there is a fsck.ntfs. I would rather change to vfat, which is much better supported by linux (still do the format by Win). I am still not sure if you can have a fsck.vfat easily without compiling it yourself.

To suggest a better setup
I would not use an usb drive for this purpose at all. Having an MBWE you should have seen the advantage of NAS by long! It is A LOT better to copy onto another NAS, you buy a lot of further advantages, and it is not that much more expensive. And then you use an rsync setup do the job.
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Hope this helps

Hi to all,
I have a hacked MBWE with two disks that does a weekly backup of the most important files on an external attached usb disk (a simple usb wd my book disk formatted clearly in NTFS in case I have to attach it to the pc directly).

The problem I'm facing is that when sometimes I get into a "house power loss" the disks clearly restart but the external NTFS disk is in a "corrupted status" and the MBWE does not recognize it anymore unless I take the usb disk, attach it to the pc and do the standard windows scandisk.

Is there a way to do a scandisk directly from the MBWE in order to have a standalone system? My current system is not ideal, if I don't see there was a power loss I don't see the system is not making backups anymore…

Thanks in advance

WBL free space
luisfribeiroluisfribeiro 15 Jul 2017 19:55
in discussion Forum / My Book Live » WBL free space


I just bought a WBL 2TB 2nd hand, and the disk is empty but, it shows 4GB occupied, where that data?


WBL free space by luisfribeiroluisfribeiro, 15 Jul 2017 19:55

Another reminder why backup is important.


I changed, by mistake, into "/etc/passwd", the root shell of "/bin/sh" to "/bin/bash"
Now I can not access by SSH as root

I have tried several methods (like creating a symbolic link for "/bin/bash" to "/bin/sh") but the admin user does not have privileges to make the changes I need.

Is there a way to recover access to root without deleting hard disks?
Thank you

I have also been interested in doing this myself but I haven't got a spare 2TB hdd to test with.

I was thinking of looking at the php code for factory reset, see what scripts it runs to reformat the partition.


I been looking in "SxM_webui\admin\tools\" and there is fullrestore.php wixMke2fs and wixResize2fs which look interesting.

wixMke2fs and wixResize2fs look like shell scripts but are encrypted which makes it hard to work out how it formats it.

After some years of working well (despite the occasional glitch) about a week ago it seemed to go badly wrong. I was getting no http service though ping was working. Soft switch on back would not respond so I powered it down and waited before switching back on at mains. Then it would not boot. Span up bottom light on then top light and back round loop. I removed drive purchased a sata to USB cable and plugged into pi. Recognised drive but no partitions. Tried lots of different commands but no joy.

Hdparm I reports the following:


ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: WDC WD10EARS-00MVWB0
Likely used: 5
Logical max current
cylinders 0 0
heads 0 0
sectors/track 0 0

Logical/Physical Sector size: 512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024: 0 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000: 0 MBytes
cache/buffer size = unknown
IORDY(may be)(cannot be disabled)
Standby timer values: spec'd by Vendor
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 0 Current = ?
DMA: not supported
PIO: pio0
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee204e54aaf
NAA : 5
IEEE OUI : 0014ee
Unique ID : 204e54aaf
Checksum: correct.

Any ideas? Would like to access data if possible.

Many thanks for reading and any suggestions.


So… I've got the before-mentioned WD product & I want to upgrade its inner storage from the existing 1 TB Green (WD10EARS) to 2 TB Green drive (WD20EARS).

I already managed to get a dump of the mybook.img file off the existing working 1 TB version. Using the dd command in System Rescue CD 5.0.0. distribution I managed to successfully unpack/clone everything to the WD20EARS drive.

So how do I expand that unallocated space after sda4 in order to make the OS "see" 2 TB of space & not the default 1 TB ?

In the console I tried running the command:

mdam --grow -size=max /dev/md2

And it didn't work.

So I tried issuing command:

mdadm --fail /dev/md2 /dev/sda4
mdadm --remove /dev/md2 /dev/sda4

Also didn't work, so I didn't even bother with the followup commands.

Any advice on how to solve this ? Do you need picture references ?


Scratch that!

Previously when I did this, it didn't work, but this time is has, using the Martin Hinner hack - as listed in the First Steps guide.

If anyone has any questions, fire away. :)


Hi all,

This is probably quite a long shot considering how old the bluering WD device is these days. However, I decided to put in a 2Tb drive - which I've done quite successfully. However, the issue came where, after I'd enabled SSH, I then updated the firmware from the basic version included in the recuse build to 02.00.18. Despite enabling the SSH client as per the instructions on this site in /etc/inetd.conf and /etc/inittab upon installation of the newer firmware, SSH is disabled, as it is post-reboot. So I'm stuck.

I've tried unsuccessfully to run through the various SSH enabling options to no avail. My only options seem to be to run through the whole process of rebuilding the disk and just ensuring I don't upgrade to the latest firmware. Frustrating!



I managed to find out why twonky is unstable, it should have been obvious it wasnt at the time.

Windows 10 server on the network causes twonky to crash even though I've havnt connected to twonky or the NAS. If I shutdown twonky prior to windows, NAS works fine.

and twonky starts up and stability is fine when windows is shutdown.

Anyone know why?

I went through a lot of these steps with frustration, but got it sorted in the end (copying data off now). Yes, the steps above to use a Ubuntu version are needed, the nice thing is that it's a lot more friendly than 5-6 years ago. You'll need to do some web searches to fill in some of the details, but the bottom line is that my NAS My Book World white light version (bought ~2013) had an XFS filesystem with RAID set (no idea why, only a single drive). But the RAID flag prevented the drive from being mounted.
Also, I tried using the rescue tool to rebuild the partitions, but that didn't work.
1. Remove drive and attach to your computer, steps listed in this blog.
2. Create a Ubuntu USB (I used Rufus after download to build the USB).
3. Log in and open a terminal window, do "sudo su" - will ask for your password, but put you in root.
3. Get gparted software (apt install gparted) - if it's already installed it will let you know. Also get mdadm (apt install mdadm) - not sure if this is needed.
4. Run to see partition, remove Raid flag.
5. In Terminal, mount drive:
mkdir /media/nas
chmod 777 /media/nas
mount -t xfs /dev/sdb4 /media/nas
6. Clear permissions on NAS drive:
cd /media/nas
chmod -R 777 *
7. You should now be able to see the drive in the file finder (mine was "997 GB Volume"). Lots of tips on the net for how to transfer files.

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