Unbrick stuck at safe mode

Sorry I know this overlaps with some previous questions.
My Cloud gen 2, previously bricked during firmware update to OS 5. Data saved and hard drive seems OK
I’ve read lots of unbricking pages but my reference was this one
I did a couple of things slightly differently but I’m confident enough with basic Linux that the end result was the same.
Got to safe mode, upload new firmware. Begins progress bar

sometimes blank instead of 0%, but never progresses. I can hear HDD activity for about 10 seconds then nothing. That page suggests trying another firmware but the only firmware I can find now is 2.41.116.
My partitions look like this with Disk Internals from Windows:
(There’s a top line I couldn’t fit saying “Unallocated (at start) 1.00Mb 0”

My questions are:
Does the fact I got to Safe Mode stage mean I got the rest of it right? Or should I try another method
Are there any other firmwares out there I could try? Once I could have compiled one from the source code but not now.
Is there a way to upload firmware directly to the HDD (connected to linux as a drive, not through the MyCloud motherboard)? sshd connection is refused at the moment.

Many thanks

User Fox_exe had direction for 2nd gen unbricking that some have successfully used. Use at your own risk.

User Fox_exe repositories:
Main Repository: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/
Second Gen: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/

Second gen directions:
English: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/_Unbricking_en.txt
Russian: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/_Unbricking_ru.txt
usbrecovery.tar.gz: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/usbrecovery.tar.gz
Alternate method files:
uImage-wdrecovery: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/Developing/uImage-wdrecovery
uRamdisk-wdrecovery: https://fox-exe.ru/WDMyCloud/WDMyCloud-Gen2/Developing/uRamdisk-wdrecovery
Latest second gen firmware: http://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?g=904

Unfortunately WD appears to have blocked direct access to their older firmware files.

WD My Cloud v3.x, v4.x and v2.x Firmware Versions Download Links

Thanks Bennor. What I did was exactly the alternative method, probably because I’d read it at some stage.
I’ll do it again in case I used the wrong wdrecovery files. I’ve dl’ed a few.

Can anyone confirm success from unbricked Safe Mode with firmware 2.41.116?


Some of the following past discussions may be relevant.

One can, if they haven’t done so already, find more discussions on how to roll back or revert back to the OS3 firmware by using the forum search feature (magnifying glass icon upper right) and searching not only this subforum for the OS5 subforums (https://community.wd.com/c/os5/252).

Unbricking or trying to roll back to earlier firmware is always a risk. For some it works, for others it does not, or the unbrick process has to be run several times before it works. Common mistakes are people take short cuts or modify the directions, particularly the steps where one creates the partition sizes for the various hard drive partitions, because they they are using a different sized hard drive (or a new hard drive).

Very kind of you to put these links in 1 place.
Think I’ve read most of it but I’ll make sure.