Western Digital MyBook World Edition

A few useful hacks

My MBWE has been retired after having a notable concurrent uptime of almost two years. This means that I can't really support these guides anymore, but I'll just leave them here, hopefully they'll still be of use to someone.


See the changelog section below for latest updates to the guides.


This page contains a few useful software modifications for the Western Digital My Book World Edition external networked hard drives (for here on referenced as MBWE).

This particular external hard drive is attached to a network instead of a more common USB connection and can be therefore accessed over a network connection. The hard drive is made in two versions; a single-disk version and a dual-disk version which can be used also in RAID-1 mode, making it fairly reliable backup solution.

Both versions are available in multiple sizes; the single-disk version in 500 GB, 750 GB and 1.0 TB sizes and the dual-disk version in 1.0 TB, 1.5TB and 2.0TB sizes.


If you are reading this, you probably are already familiar with the design flaws of the MBWE, so I won't go further into those. If you are looking for information on how to make your MBWE transfer speeds faster, sorry, you're out of luck. The transfer speeds are limited by the hardware and WD has admitted that the MBWE isn't even supposed to be able to reach gigabit-speeds.


Luckily for those who expect more from a such device, the MBWE runs linux and therefore it can, with a little bit of linux knowledge, be turned to a decent headless linux box. With disappointingly slow network interface but hey, you can't have it all, right?


Lots of useful resources on how to make the MBWE even better can be found at the Hacking WD MyBook World Ed Wiki.

For comments and questions regarding this guide, email to kyyhkynen@gmail.com or, in case of spindown problems, use the forum thread.


If you find these guides useful, I wouldn't mind a small donation...:)

Remember, I won't take any responsibility whatsoever of any damage you cause to your MBWE. So if you don't know what you are doing, don't do it.

I own the MBWE II 1TB, and I'm using it in RAID-1 mode. However, these modifications should work just fine with the single disk versions too.


Changelog for the guides