Question about Western Digital 500GB My Book World Edition 500 GB Hard Drive
I have a WD My Book World Edition II dual drive unit (2x500Gb WD's). I want to use it with newer 1.5Tb HDD's (Seagate's)but it won't recognize them. Once formatted via either Windows XP or DOS, still don't recognize them and sometime the unit will not even power up. I viewed the contents of the original drives and there were multiple partitions on them which I can't recreate. I have even formatted the original 500Gb HDD's and now they aren't recognized. How can I format the new or old drives for the unit to recognize them for what they are? Is there perhaps a firmware limitation with the unit to only allow 2x500Gb or combined 1Tb? I can't find any information to this extent anywhere on the net, thus far. Thanks!
I was attempting something similiar -- replacing my World Edition II 500GB drives with 1TB drives. My research unearthed two things... These units will only work with Western Digital Caviar Green drives. The blue ring won't light if other drives are installed. I also read (in a couple spots) that the unit's O/S is stored on the hard drive (as opposed to be stored in Flash memory). If this is true, you would need to image the old drive to the new (using a tool like Ghost or True Image), and increase the partition size as part of the imaging process. I don't know if this would work, as I opted to not proceed with the upgrade. For me, the new version of the World Edition II (WDH2NC20000 and WDH2NC40000) turned out to be a better option than upgrading. These units provdide the extra space and are MUCH faster than the old ones.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009
Testimonial: "I appreciate the input, since I've scrubbed the orig drives, I guess everything's going back to WD for fixin. Looks like I'll be buying a new unit too"
You can upgrade, and you can use NON-WD drives.
However, you will need to do a bunch of stuff, which is not overly hard, to make this happen. When using non-WD drives, you need to disable the thermal monitoring of this device. You will need to enable SHELL access via SSH to the device. You can Google most of this, there are a few sites with step by step walk throughs.
Here is the link for the hard drive upgrade and non-WD replacement instructions:
Posted on Dec 09, 2012
As far as I now,
mybook worlds require EXT3 partitions.
Are you able to connect to the mybook, when the hard drives are not connected?
If so, then it shouldn't be a problem to format them with gParted (linux livecd), to ext3 of course.
Hope this helps :)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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