How can i format my book live and use as normal storage

“Normal” as opposed to what? It’s always going to be a NAS - Ethernet-atttached, not USB-attached - if that’s what you are asking. But to use it as SMB-accessed remote storage, just define one or more “shares” on it. If you want to use it as a “public share”, that’s all you have to do. If you want to access it as a “private share” you also need to define one or more users on the MBL.

I suspect that is not what you were asking. Maybe you could clarify your questions.

Do you want to take the hard drive out and use it as a normal drive? You could use the video linked in the thread here. How do I Remove hard drive from case?

Hi, thanks for the response, I took the drive out some time ago, I have now installed it in a ‘novatech’ enclosure and for £13.95 I now have a usb 3 drive instead of the very slow network attached drive.