You make a good point, so let me address it.
You stated that you last upgraded in late 2014 to “the latest firmware.” According to the current AVAILABLE firmware for the product (and that is NOT version 2.02.32 as I previously had and I think you have), version 1.02.17 was released on 12/16/2014. That would be around the time you last upgraded.
Strangely, version 2.02.32 is no where to be found on WDs support pages anymore. The current firmware page shows 1.02.17. That link is…
…They’ve gone back ever FURTHER then the version I recommended in my longer email shown above. To me, that is clear evidence they know there is a problem (together with the fact that version 2.02.32 has disappeared). Further evidence: Look on that link at the things they “updated”…
- Resolved system lock up when in idle mode on DVD menu overnight.
- Resolved system locking up during media compile with USB HDD and Network Share.
So I’m not sure when 2.02.32 came out. Because it no longer exists on WDs support page, there’s no way of telling. I THINK it came out in the last two months and they have since reverted back.
One more thing: I don’t think any of this is flash drive-related, so you can discount that as a potential hardware problem. I’ve tried multiple drives from multiple manufacturers (all WD approved) and the problem still persisted.
All I know is this…my problems - both those listed above that version 2.01.86 fixes - are now gone and my box works perfectly with no freezing. I would suggest you try the procedure shown above.