I’m on an EX4100, and the thing that keeps happening for me is that I cannot dupe or copy/paste files using SMB.
While I can understand wanting to have software be future-proofed for upcoming changes, these are expensive units that are usually used by folks who have actual work to do. Folks like us typically don’t do OS or hardware updates as often as regular consumers, because once a system works, changing it is ill advised. For me, all of my video data is on this drive and it is sealed from the internet; therefore, network security issues are minimal.
What’s more, I’ve noticed that when the drive starts acting up – giving errors that it didn’t before, for instance – it means that I need to upgrade firmware, which is annoying. I will be looking to make sure the “My Cloud” function of the device is turned off, as it seems like the hard drive, which I do not need attached to the cloud, is in fact accessing WD’s servers in some way.
I think what folks are trying to say is, we’ve paid a premium for this hardware tool, and would like to be informed of major changes before we update firmware, especially if it will be difficult to debug and roll back. This is OUR data, not WDs, and if the workflow functions, we don’t want it to change unless we choose to. Our income depends on having that info.
Also: for the link provided, I’ve found when I substituted my model number (EX4100) in for the one in the link, I was able to get the correct file. I see that tiagocoelho was also able to do this for theirs.
I am currently regressing the unit, and it’s rebooting
Wish me luck!
update: regression worked! and the problem of duplicating files is solved!
BTW, another reason this change is so galling is that just a month before this change, I sent in a request to correct the file dupe problem, the CSR recommended using AFP instead of SMB. Not once did they mention that AFP was going to be removed.
I can forgive the CSR for not necessarily knowing, but WD should be training all of their folks in such a way so that when someone is SPECIFICALLY telling a customer to use a soon to be deprecated feature, to warn them no to update their firmware.