Enabling S.M.A.R.T support on WD My Book Live


After successfully de-bricking my MBL 3T using the procedure on this forum (provided by nfodiz):


I have been able to successfully upgrade the firmware back up to current version v02.41.05-034 and the device is operating correctly again.

My problem is that when I access the DashBoard, the Staus Icon on the bottom left corner is flashing red. When I hover the mouse over the icon, it says “Drive SMART Failure”.

When I click SETTINGS/UTILITIES and attempt to run a Short Test or a Full Test, I get this error:


Internal server error. Retry your last operation. If the error persists, contact WD Support for assistance.

I have clicked SUPPORT and created a System Report. The smart_info file output is below:

smartctl version 5.38 [powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

Device Model: WDC WD30EFRX-68AX9N0
Serial Number: WD-WMC1T1461095
Firmware Version: 80.00A80
User Capacity: 3,000,591,900,160 bytes
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: 9
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Thu Mar 7 09:10:35 2013 EST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Disabled

SMART Disabled. Use option -s with argument 'on' to enable it.

I have owned the device for less than a week. Have not transferred more than 3GB of content onto it. It has been treated with care and is operating fine currently.

Is there a way to manually activate S.M.A.R.T support via ssh in Putty?



smartctl -s on /dev/sda
smartctl -A /dev/sda (will show you smart stats)

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Thanks nfodiz, that was exactly what I was looking for.

MyBookLive:~# smartctl -s on /dev/sda
smartctl version 5.38 [powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

SMART Enabled.


*Edit* To wrap the thread up totally, I still had the red flashing icon on the bottom left of the Dashboard screen after applying nfodiz’s setting in Putty. However, I was able to run a “Short Test” under DIAGNOSTIC (wasn’t able to prior to applying the above string). This test passed, and upon refreshing the Dashboard, the flashing red icon changed to sweet, sweet green.

Many thanks,