Preface: I have/had a 2TB Mybook world edition II setup with Raid 1.
I managed to get my files off it. I used my thermaltake blacx duet over usb to mount the drives. If you had them setup in Raid 1 (mirror) then you only need one of the drives. Just take it out and attach it to your motherbooard directly.
Step 1. Get Linux
You have two options here.
The easy way: Boot from a live distro (Knoppix, Suse, Live Ubuntu, etc) (essentially whatever floats your boat)
Or just install it. In my case I used the disk management tool to shrink my storage partition on my desktop by 20GBs; more than enough to install linux and installed openSuse 11.3 on it.
Step 2. Mount the raid volume
Login as root:
- If your distro doesn’t come with mdadm then install it. On Suse this was already installed. If not use:
apt -get mdadm
- use this command to assemble the raid array:
mdadm --assemble --scan
- Your array should now be mounted with 4 partitions; the last partition which uses XFS as its file system is the data partition. From this point you can use any file browser (Dolphin in my case) to browse the drive.
From here you should be able to read and write as you wish. Either map a network drive and copy the files or attach another external drive and copy the files over.
Hope this helps.
Now that I can mess with the file system i wonder if there is a way to somehow restore the drive’s firmware.