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Try here: My MBWE stuff
So let me know it it works for you.

See link below:


There is one more issue.
If you've never updated the firmware the folder /var/upgrade does not exist.

So in the script bellow you have to check if that folder exists and then to run the unpack

  1. execute the file - it unpacks itself to /var/upgrade

<IF NOT EXIST CREATE THE FOLDER /var/upgrade similar as in the begining>


GUIDE 1) For those wanting to replace the script so the script will run by simply pressing the reset buton

1) Download from
2) Download the latest firmware from

3) Download 7zip from

4) Install 7zip and point it to the MyBookLive firmware “apnc-023205-046-20120910.deb” and double click and you will see “data.tar” where you will again double click and be presented with a “.” Double click the “.” then double click “cache volume” then double click “upgrade” and then highlight “rootfs.img” and hit extract

5) Copy rootfs.img to the root of your Public folder on the MyBookLive

6) Unzip from the zip file downloaded in step 1

7) Windows users download WinSCP from
7a) Mac users download CyberDuck from

8) Enable SSH access on your MyBookLive by going to

9) Windows users start WinSCP and enter the login info…Host: mybooklive Username: root Password: welc0me
9a) Mac users start CyberDuck to login to the MyBookLive using SFTP Host: mybooklive Username: root Password: welc0me Port: 22

10) Browse to /usr/local/sbin and copy from the MyBookLive to your computer so you have a backup

11) Copy that you unzipped in step 6 to /usr/local/sbin and when asked, overwrite the existing file

12) To execute the script press and hold the reset button on the MyBookLive for 5-6 seconds or until the LED starts blinking red

13) The LED will blink red while the script is restoring a fresh copy of the firmware to your MyBookLive

14) After several minutes, the drive should reboot and when you get to a solid green LED, access the dashboard and you should be asked to choose your language like you would if the drive was brand new

15) If your shares disappeared on the MyBookLive, fear not, the data is still there and you just need to recreate the shares under the dashboard again and all your data will be there

16) Please note, you will need to overwrite at /usr/local/sbin any time you restore or downgrade the firmware on the drive as it will overwrite the modified script file

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The recovery process finished after more than 30 hours:

Checking for bad blocks (read-only test):  99.94% done, 33:15:40 elapsed. (17407/0/0 errors)
Checking for bad blocks (read-only test): done                                                 
Warning: the backup superblock/group descriptors at block 229376 contain
    bad blocks.

Allocating group tables: done                            
Writing inode tables: done                            
Creating journal (8192 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done 

mdadm: added /dev/sdb2

synchronize raid... done

copying image to disk... 
dd: writing to `/dev/md0': Input/output error
1646265+0 records in
1646264+0 records out
842887168 bytes (843 MB) copied, 875.909 s, 962 kB/s
cp: accessing `/mnt/md0/boot/boot.scr': Input/output error
./ line 359: /mnt/md0/etc/nas/service_startup/ssh: Input/output error
mdadm: stopped /dev/md0

all done! device should be debricked!

root@Microknoppix:/media/sda3/WD MyBook#

I connected the MyBook to one WS-C3560G-24PS switch (on port 23) in monitoring the port for a MAC address with "sh mac add int Gi0/23". The MAC address is written on the label (0090.a9b3.dab1) and I was expecting to see it after the DHCP negotiation…
The DHCP for that port vlan (VL10) is provided by the router (Cisco 3825 ISR G1) and I enabled the DHCP packets debug in order to see the requests.

Powered up the MyBook and after some initial Blue light, HDD cyclic activity, few Green light blinks and no debug output (on the router) at all, the light became Red and it was pretty much as before the recovery. I was waiting for the moment with no sigh of any disk activity… it took about 15 minutes.

At this point I pressed the reset button (for more than 4 seconds) and power cycled the device.
After few minutes stable Blue it started to produce regular Green blinks - every 6-7 seconds. Again - no DHCP requests, no MAC visible on the switch.

I'm not sure how to proceed further and I'm open for any ideas…

set the WD so that it never goes to sleep. Or have some program running on the WD so that it never sleeps - for example Transmission BT.

MyBookLive Duo 4T
FeaturesPacks, Twonky, ownCloud

I would love to say huge thank you for the tutorial. Everything worked out well and I successfully installed Twonky 8.2 on my WD 2TB with the latest firmware update.
All video formats are playing without any problem on 65" Samsung Curved LED. With the old Twonky 5.1 nothing was playing.

The only issue right now is that WD doesn't wake up when TV is trying to access Twonky Server. Before it was working fine with old Twonky 5.1. The workaround is to access from my phone or laptop 192.168.1.XXX to wake up WD.

Any help would be appreciated.


Hi Dan! Thank you for the nice script.

I have one question about the execution of the last part, where the image is supposed to be written…

When started the script for a very first time it was asking for CURL. However, with CURL in place it started to work pretty smooth up to the writing point:

root@Microknoppix:/media/sda3/WD MyBook# ./ /dev/sdb

********************** DISK           **********************

script will use the following disk: 

Model: ATA WDC WD20EARS-00M (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 2000GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name     Flags
 3      15.7MB  528MB   513MB                primary
 1      528MB   2576MB  2048MB  ext3         primary  raid
 2      2576MB  4624MB  2048MB               primary  raid
 4      4624MB  2000GB  1996GB  ext4         primary

is this REALLY the disk you want? [y] y

********************** IMAGE          **********************

checking:     010507
searching:    ./*/*01*05*07*.img
searching:    ./*/*01*05*07*.deb

downloading:  ./firmware/rootfs_010507.deb
confirm [y]:  y
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  154M  100  154M    0     0  1805k      0  0:01:27  0:01:27 --:--:-- 1881k

will extract: ./firmware/rootfs_010507.deb
confirm [y]:  y
extracting:   ./firmware/rootfs_010507.img

********************** IMPLEMENTATION **********************

everything is now prepared!
device:       /dev/sdb
image_img:    ./firmware/rootfs_010507.img
destroy:      false

this is the point of no return, continue? [y] y

mdadm: /dev/sdb1 appears to contain an ext2fs file system
    size=1999808K  mtime=Sun Apr  3 07:43:04 2016
mdadm: size set to 1999808K
mdadm: creation continuing despite oddities due to --run
mdadm: array /dev/md0 started.
mke2fs 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks
125184 inodes, 499952 blocks
24997 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=515899392
16 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
7824 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks: 
    32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912

Checking for bad blocks (read-only test):  42.72% done, 5:24:00 elapsed. (4500/0/0 errors)

At this point it started to work extremely slow and I verified the processes:

root@Microknoppix:/home/knoppix# pstree -al 3584
sudo -s
      └─ ./ /dev/sdb
          └─mkfs.ext3 -c -b 4096 /dev/md0
              └─badblocks -b 4096 -X -s /dev/md0 499951

Do you think that such a slow execution, with so many errors, can finally produce a successful debrick ?


The firmware (OS) is on the disks, not on the hardware. You need to image the disk(s) with the firmware. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest is to use one of the DeBrick guides that are posted on this forum or on the WD forum. You will need to create and adjust the partition table before you re-image the disk. Look around on this forum for how to install new disks, you are not the first to do this.

MyBookLive Duo 4T
FeaturesPacks, Twonky, ownCloud


I'm looking at buying a second hand mybook duo live, with no HDDs included.
Link - www26 [dot] trademe [dot] co [dot] nz/computers/external-storage/external-hard-drives/auction-1058613988.htm

I have the following questions
1. Does this version of mybook have onboard firmware, or does it store the 'os' on the HDD?
2. If everything is on the HDD, is there a downloadable image for this version of the mybook, and how hard is it to get up and running?

I intend to use this with 2x 3TB WD Green HDDs.


You mean that you installed ubuntu12.04 on MBWE I white light? How ? Do you succeeded to have a full working system?

He means that the desktop PC he used had Ubuntu 12.04 installed as Operating System. It is more than impossible to install Ubuntu on MBWE.

Hi, I would like someone to help me on how can I install a battery in MBWE. I have read this post "Adding a Realtime Clock" but it is a bit hard for me to understand, since I don't have deep knowledge in electronics. Can someone write a step-by-step guide? I would appreciate it very much.

1. Remove the plastic strip that seals the two major pieces of plastic together. Use a screwdriver to pry it out if you're having troubles. (I lost this strip years ago, so it doesn't show up in any photos.)

2. Separate the two major pieces of plastic by depressing the tabs on the top and bottom of the drive near the front curve. Pull forward on the curved piece of plastic fairly strongly for it to come apart.

3. Four screws hold the hard drive in the case. Two of these are easy to access, the other two are right behind the plastic. If you remove some of the screws holding the metal frame into the plastic, I think you will be able to lift the frame up high enough to reach the other two screws.

4. Unplug the cable from the end of the hard drive and lift the hard drive out of the case.

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Re: Restore original MBWE by marlonbrandomarlonbrando, 31 Mar 2016 11:29

Hi! Anyone has those images? Both mirrors are down…

My Book World Edition White Light I.
I upgraded from version 7.2.7 to version twonky-mss2-8.2.1. and everything is functional. License accepted.

I followed the first post "Upgrading to a newer version."

Hi folks,

I finally managed to get my SSD (16GB) working with the latest firmware and all the good stuff that I wanted to run on mybook.

I did update to the latest Samba (what a pain again), SSH, SFTP (and plenty of other things that don't remember right now).
I did also change alot regarding the FeaturePack Website (also the WD website has been tuned). FeaturePack Manager Website now includes a Reboot feature as well as a ShutDown link.
I can even read out all logs by just clicking on a single link. Most of the services are disabled (also the wixalarm, which is of no need anymore since it's a flash drive), what gives me now more than 80MB of free ram.
All in all it is running like a charme (no heat and even faster than before). Of course, it has only 11GB of space left now but that's way enough for what I need it for. If I need more I just plug in an usb drive and I'm fine again.

Anyway, it took me a few days to get it to what it is right now and all I now need is a backup of this 16GB SSD. Problem is, I have no clue where to start with.
I know I have to map the drive to my Ubuntu VM-Ware maschine but that's just all. Do we have a smart guy here that might be able to guide me a little through the steps that I need to perform?
Of course I could buy another 16GB SSD and clone it with Teintureman's clone tool but I had trouble last time to get the clone working. At the end I did a clean install and started right from scratch what took me ages …

Just a few details:

Filesystem Size Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/md0 1.8G 307.9M 1.4G 17% /
/dev/md3 949.6M 120.7M 780.6M 13% /var
/dev/md2 11.6G 18.8M 11.6G 0% /DataVolume
/dev/ram0 61.9M 0 61.9M 0% /mnt/ram
/dev/md2 11.6G 18.8M 11.6G 0% /shares/Public
/dev/md2 11.6G 18.8M 11.6G 0% /shares/Download

Any Linux Guru out there?


Hi there:

After backing all my data, I have factory-reset my MBWE while light 1TB last night and re-conf'd it with the Shares etc.
Before I copy all my data back on the drive, I thought I'd give the hack another go.

So, I installed the Optware as in the tut, and I have sudo, bash, less, vim, etc installed, but I can't use them, and it baffles me.

When logged as root, I can use vim and less without no problem.
When logged as another user, I can't.

~ $ pwd
~ $ vim test
-sh: vim: not found
~ $ ls | less
-sh: less: not found
~ $ sudo vi test
-sh: sudo: not found

And yet more disturbingly, I can't find my /etc/sudoers, even though sudo is meant to be installed.

~ # /opt/bin/ipkg list_installed
bash - 3.2.54-1 - A bourne style shell
less - 444-1 - Less file browser
ncurses - 5.7-3 - NCurses libraries
ncursesw - 5.7-2 - NCurses libraries with wide char support
readline - 6.1-2 - The GNU Readline library provides a set of functions for use by applications that allow users to edit command lines as they are
sudo - - System utility to execute commands as the superuser
vim - 7.3-2 - Yet another version of the vi editor.
Successfully terminated.
~ # cat /etc/sudoers
cat: /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory

What am I missing ?

I must have missed something by AliYorkieAliYorkie, 07 Mar 2016 15:51

Heey! I have an old 500gb blue Rings, and came here to see how to hack it properly. But I see the images are no longer available anywhere. Is there still life on this site? Where should I look for them? Has the time passed for MBWE already?

I have used my minidlna and ffmpeg setup to stream to my DLNA TV (LG 24LM3400) and Blue-ray player (Sony BDP-S480) successfully for over a year without too much fuzz. The TV has problems selecting audio-streams if there are more than one and some audio formats only the Blue-ray player will touch but other than that - most of what I throw at it just works. Now that MPEG4-HEVC h265 is more common and my players are limited to MPEG4-AVC h264 (level 4.1) I've started to run into problems. I'm in the middle of doing some tests to see if any of the players can use video on USB media that they refuse to play from DLNA as I just re-encoded a video to AVC L4.1 which should work with both my players only to find out that the TV says refuses and the Blue-ray player just stutters and distorts the picture. I found my way back to this thread as I searched for others with DLNA and ffmpeg problems.

I will try to refind or rebuild my toolchain and see if I can get ffmpeg to build again, both 0.5.14 and hopefully even newer versions and this time I'll upload everything somewhere if anyone out there is still tinkering with their MBWE's. Mine got to a state where I've just been using it :)

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