use of the WD "my book" 4tb drive

MR ZenWiz mrzenwiz at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 19:55:52 UTC 2015


On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 11:13 AM, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 11:02:48AM -0700, John R. Sowden wrote:
>>
>> They also say that they have not tested their mybook series of hd for linux!
>> So they say they do not support the use of linux on their hd.  Any
>> experience with ubuntu and the mybook series hd?
>>
> What a load of rubbish!  They *run* Linux internally.  I have an old
> WD My Book World Edition (with two 1Tb drives) and that works well
> with Linux.  You can enable ssh on it and treat it as just another
> Linux box on the network.
>
I have a 5TB MyBook drive on my system that works just fine.  I did
not repartition it or change the FS from NTFS, but I don't see any
physical reason why you can't - it's all software driven.

The only way in which they "don't support use of linux" is that they
ship them formatted for NTFS.  I've never had any trouble with any WD
drive before, though I currently have a Toshiba and a Hitachi in the
box (internal drives, not external).  I have a WD 1TB internal drive
at work using ext4....

Sounds like sales snake oil....

MR



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