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Saturday, December 20, 2008

MyBookWorld Ed - overview and hacks

I've just purchased a new Western Digital My Book World Edition 0.5 TB (500 GB), this piece of HD has 1GB Ethernet connection, it's capacity can be extended by a USB port.
The access to the remote HD is easy using NFS, few minutes later "The Hacking WD MyBook World Ed" website, these guys did a very nice job and documented all instructions required for hacking the MyBook World.

The MyBook World runs a Linux based Operating System (Daaa) on 2.6.x kernel, it has various capabilities and services which aren't enabled by WD.

It all start from enabling SSH on the device, and after that, the sky is the limit :)

Pros:
- Small (172x144x56mm) , nice design
- Low power
- Sophisticated system (It's Linux god damn it)
- 1 GB Ethernet Controller, 500GB capacity (there is also 1TB version, twice price)
- It's 24/7 powered on
- HD is expendable by USB port
- Price: 588 NIS

Cons:
- Speed: using scp 3.2Mb/s for read, 2.4Mb/s for write (I expected more than that)

So.. Let's install torrent downloader on it!
This hack installs torrent downloader called transmission on the MyBook world system with WEB interface, then you can upload torrent files to your MyBook World :)
It's pretty easy and recommended, the MyBook World will download as long as there is Internet connection, and all downloaded files are installed directly on its storage, you can follow up the download/upload process anytime from any internet browser from your LAN, I even check the status from safari from my iPhone :) exactly what I need.

Below a snapshot of the torrent downloader web interface:

2 comments:

AmirWatad said...

sounds great. Thanks for the review.
What about the price?

Ali Ayoub said...

588 NIS (post was updated)