Yesterday I downloaded the latest firmware updater to apply to a MyPassport I have, and that updated fine, but I noticed there was a firmware update available for my MyBook Studio 2TB, which I applied as well. The one compelling reason to upgrade was to be able to hide the VCD and the VCD tool needed the latest firmware. Anyway, I followed the recommended procedure for updating the firmware, which appeared to work. I power cycled the drive, unhooked it from the USB port, waited for a lot longer than 10 seconds after which I hooked it up again and it appeared to work. I’m not sure it mounted, but SmartWare saw it. I proceeded to make the VCD invisible, pressed “apply” and followed the instructions again. The drive never mounted again. The screen got scrambled and the power light won’t go on. I think it’s ludicrous that WD puts out a firmware update or vcd tool that is even capable of failing in such a way that it’ll brick a drive.
I’ve tried using the firmware updater to reapply the new firmware and it will see the drive, but fail to update it. I tried it from a Windows machine and the updater crashes right after clicking whichever button it is you press to initiate the FW download. All I know is WD bricked my drive and I can’t seem to get it working again.
Any ideas? All help is deeply appreciated!
Hardware used: MacBook Pro 5,1, MyBook Studio 2TB, Direct connection to onboard USB.