MyBook World Edition dead


#1

I have a MyBook World Edition 1TB network drive (blue light) that has died.  It started disappearing from the network from time to time, then after an extended trip I came home and it was nowhere to be found.  The blue lights do not come on after power up, even though I can hear the drive spin up.  Since it’s out of warranty (by two months!) I figured what-the-heck and cracked it open.  I removed the drive and put it into an external enclosure, then plugged it into a USB port.  It can’t be seen by my PC … can be seen but not read by my Mac (“The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer.  Initialize/Ignore/Eject”)

So …

  1. should I be able to see the drive in this fashion, or is there a proprietary format of some kind on the World Edition because it’s a NAS?

  2. assuming I should be able to see contents of the disk if it were okay, does this mean the disk is fried?

  3. if the disk is fried, can I replace it with an off-the-shelf drive with hope of having a working NAS device again?

  4. if so, how should the new drive be formatted before placing it back in the World Edition enclosure?


#2

Hi there, to bring some light:

1- The drives inside MBWs are formatted EXT3, which is Linux-based and NOT propietary. Any computer that reads EXT3 either naturally or with a software should be able to read the drive.

2-  I don’t understand the question.

3- Nope, the case will only work with the original drive that came with it if the drive itself was never formatted, this was confirmed by WD on  this thread .

4- Please read answer 3… Try a NAS case that works with any drive.


#3

Thanks for the quick reply. 

So, to summarize, it appears that the drive is fried and the data unrecoverable, based on the fact that I cannot read it when it’s housed in a USB enclosure and attached to e.g. my Mac (which can indeed  read EXT3).  And, the enclosure is useless unless I replace the drive with a new unformatted WD Caviar model #WD10EACS which is what’s in it now.  Wonder if a later model of this drive (e.g. WD10EARS), which is more power efficient (and much cheaper – $55 vs $199 on Amazon) would work?  If not, the prospect of paying $199 for a fix seems stupid given the price of new ones. 

I think I have a rather stylish doorstop :frowning: and am in the market for a new NAS … perhaps Seagate this time?


#4

http://community.wdc.com/t5/My-Book-World-Edition/recover-data-from-mbwe/td-p/148346 See my experience above, it may help