I currently have a Gen-2 My cloud device with a bunch of data on it, (as I have referenced in other postings), and today I boot it up and get notified that there is a firmware update to firmware version 2.41.116. I click on the “firmware release notes” link within the dashboard and I get taken to the OS-5 page.
Further research disclosed that - apparently - the 2.30.181 firmware in my unit is apparently now considered OS-3.
Reading the OS-5 pages indicated a number of things, not the least of which is that the upgrade is a one-way process, that it replaces “the entire Linux kernel” and makes significant modifications to an otherwise working box.
Things that jump right out at me when I read this:
- WD is still supporting and upgrading the My Cloud - at least the Gen-2 versions.
- This is a MASSIVE upgrade that claims will take (at least) 15 minutes + after the update just to re-configure the beastie. (Think migrating from Mint 18.2 to 20.1 - all at once.)
- Much functionality has changed. For the better? Dunno.
I’m trying to read the “FAQ’s” but they sound more like advertising than serious information.
Does anyone here know what the Real Deal is with this update - BEFORE I throw caution to the wind and upgrade? Does it really fix anything? Does it address any of the issues people have been raising about this device since The Fall of Rome?
I’m going to hold-off for the time being, especially since I don’t know how to back the update out if I do the upgrade and later decide I can’t stand it.
What say ye?
“I boot it up” translates to “I keep the device shut down and powered off until I need it for something, then I boot it.” It can be off for months and months at a time, then I’ll power it up and use the heck out of it, and then power it back down and let it collect more dust. . .