Ok support staff… I know what I am about to say is unsupported.
I note that the source code is available, if indeed it is source code ( https://launchpad.net/linaro-toolchain-binaries/trunk/2013.01/+download/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-4.7-2013.01-20130125_linux.tar.bz2), so that tells me this system is customizable and nothing is embedded in the hardware to best of my knowledge.
Compiling and building is a wee bit beyond me at this time and having visited the Linaro.org site I can see that this is a bigger picture. Bricking the system is easy, unbricking is easy enough too. It’s a simple case of replacing the rootfs partitions with a back-up copy of the orginal.
All I am looking for is a rootfs.img that is just an openssh server, nothing more, and from there I will build upon what I want my box to do. I looked into creating a rootfs.img but it is beyond me. And quite frankly I probably wouldn’t use a rootfs.img posted by anyone other than official sources as that would be like leaving the key under the plant pot at my front door.
So is there a way to remove everything WD put in the system but keep the basics and keep the ARMv7 version of Debian OS intact. It’s not that easy to install a fresh OS on an ARM system so I figure reverse remove everything to just bare bones openssh server and build from there would be easier for me.