Opening the hub


#21

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3990/western-digital-wdtv-live-hub-review/7

This should help…


#22

I already gave you that link in this thread.

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Live-Hub/Opening-the-hub/m-p/91586/highlight/true#M1399


#23

I have modified the hub.

The 1TB hdd has been replaced for a 4GB Sata to CF module. 233 x speed.

Write speed is more than 15MB/s and that is more than the hub can handle.

I will update asap about the performance and bugs if there are any…

Have to see if we really need the fan and monitor the temp.

Happy hollidays guys.:smileyvery-happy:


#24

81supporter wrote:

I have modified the hub.

The 1TB hdd has been replaced for a 4GB Sata to CF module. 233 x speed.

Write speed is more than 15MB/s and that is more than the hub can handle.

 

I will update asap about the performance and bugs if there are any…

Have to see if we really need the fan and monitor the temp.

 

Happy hollidays guys.:smileyvery-happy:

 

So is it working for metadata and media library etc.


#25

Very interesting!

I also would know if we can get rid of the fan. (when the HD is replaced like yours of course)

keep us informed. :slight_smile:


#26

I found out that my Sata to CF adapter is broken,so we have to wait for a new one to come in.

It was broken in the mail i guess.

Do you hate that bright white light in the front with the WD logo ?

I do.

So i took out the logo. (press gently backwards if the top cover is removed)

On the print plate where the white logo was are 2 smd leds.

You can make them blue with a cd marker or other non agressive marker.

( option 2 is to paint the plastic WD logo blue , the color will last longer )

Put back the wd logo in the front of the housing and there will be a wondefull blue logo if you switch it back on.

Feel free to color it green or red …or any color.

I have to see if the fan is temp controlled or that only has 2 modes. on / off .

blue WD logo

The top cover is still removed .

Watch the blue glow.

blue glow


#27

The 1 TB HDD has 2 partitions.

WDTVLiveHub 952769MB

and 

WDTVPriv 964MB

So you have to clone this 1GB partition to your CF card and make a 2nd partition for wallpapers etc…

Will keep you guys updated.


#28

Can we replace the internal 1TB HD for a bigger 3TB HD? Cloning the original partitions might work but will the hub see the bigger HD?


#29

No, unless you want to leave it hanging by wires…  The 1TB drive is the biggest on the market.   It’s a laptop 2.5" drive, not a desktop 3.5" drive.  

No need to clone anything; the WD will partition and manage the disk itself.   I don’t know, though, if the software is prepared to deal with anything bigger than a 1TB…  Why don’t ya give it a try and let us know!  :smileyvery-happy:


#30

I thought it was a standard 3.5"HD… I’ll wait for a bigger one to try that.


#31

I have tried to replace the (for me) useless 1TB hdd for a Sata > CF adapter with 4GB 233x CF card.

After many attempts it continues to fail to recognise this adapter.

It is seen by the hub but we get this message.

“Only use WD harddisks” for good function …bla bla bla.

Is WD preventing the use of other hardware ??

And is that legal ?

So here it ends.

Think my next shot is to find a silent and small hdd and try that one in it.

If anyone els wants to pick it op from here then please keep me informed.

So if you succeed with a different HDD or card…im interested.

Thanks.


#32

Apparently it’s checking the SMART data and not allowing Non-WD drives to function.

Is it legal?   If COURSE it’s legal; at least in the US it’s legal…


#33

One thing I can think of is to modify the HD signature to match with yours and recompile the firmware, you can download the GPL package right?

Just my 2 cents…


#34

GPL package ?

No idea what you are talking about m8.

Please explain and let me learn.

Thanks.

We have to modify the CF adapter that much,so the hub thinks it is a genuine WD drive.


#35

It’s not the GPL code that checks the drive;  it’s the WD proprietary code that does that.   And of course, the source code for the proprietary stuff isn’t included in the GPL… 


#36

I can tell you guys that the hub will work without HDD inside.

But you loose the custom wallpapers etc. etc. everything else is inside the chip.

So the hub takes a bit longer to boot and will reboot and load the default screen.

I still want to get rid of the internal 1TB hdd and replace it for a smaller CF or other silent storage.


#37

I feel obliged to send money somewhere for the sheer entertainment value of this thread alone.

Hey, I was thinking about disabling the ALU on my processor…


#38

Hi Folks,

Getting back to the roots of this thread: How did you opened the hub? I saw the link provided earlier that tells there are no screws and stuff, but I need more information before trying to open mine for I don’t want tobreak any notch.

Please share your experience and if possible, some photos.

Thanks


#39

You can open it with your fingers.

Open it from the side were the plugs are located.

Then the ualu brushed plastic cover comes loose.

No power needed,just a bit of patience and finger nails…

You can also use a wedge shaped piece of plastic to open cell phones for example.


#40

I have stopped trying to make the CF card adapter work because the hub only accepts WD HDDs. (protection)

Today i have removed the 1TB and replaced it for a 29 euro new 160GB WD Blue Sata HDD .

Just put it in the hub and format it.

Works great ,only need to configure your settings again.