I still have problems with my MPWP, which I tried to update manually. I was updating from a rather old firmware version to v1.03.04 using a local “MyPassportWirelessGen2_1.03.04.bin” file on my laptop, the laptop being located close to the drive in the same room. Updating via WiFi by the use of the old dashboard did not finish after 60 minutes. So I switched the drive off and on again and triggered a system restore by holding both buttons on the back of the drive for 10 seconds. After the drive had restarted, in order to force an update to v1.03.04 from SD card now, I switched the drive off again, inserted an exFAT formatted SD card with the firmware file sitting in an “\update” folder and switched it on again (please advise if this is not the correct procedure to update the firmware from SD card, it is not documented in the user manual unfortunately).
I learned (thanks a lot, Timothy) that I might have initially corrupted the system by switching the drive off during the hanging firmware update. Is it possible that the flash memory of the MPWP might have also got corrupted by switching off during the hanging firmware update? Can a corrupted flash memory be completely repaired by doing a manual firmware update from dashboard via WiFi, i.e. when the actual corrupted system itself is used for updating via WiFi? Shouldn’t flashing the firmware from SD card always be the safer solution?
What I also would like to ask in this context: Is re-formatting an MPWP to exFAT via USB doing any harm to the system? Maybe it only wipes the harddisk, but the system will reboot fine next time I switch the drive on? So the safest way to fully wipe and restore a corrupted MPWP (after making a copy of the stored user data, of course) might be re-formatting to exFAT via USB and installing the firmware from SD card, is that true?