As the title states, the drive is stuck with a yellow light on the front and never goes green. I understand their is an issue with the boot up process. My question is, is it possible to retrieve the data off the drive by something other than a data recovery service (ie. open it and plug the drive direct into another pc) and then will I still be able to return the defective drive and get a replacement?
To open the drive for yourself you may ask WD for permission, to avoid its warranty to be cancelled. The file system used by the MBL is Linux, you may be able to access its data from a system running Linux. If using WIndows you can try installing Ext2Read: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2read/
You can also try with a data recovery company.