WD MyBook Duo with OpenWrt

Hi everybody,

I've got a question regarding OpenWrt and the WD MyBook Duo(Gen2).
I've found some threads about that but I'm still not sure if it's possible...
here are just some:

and if so, how do I manage to install the OpenWrt image to my Mybook and what image should I take?

So in general, I have a MyBoot Duo Gen2 with USB connectors only(if that matters)...


You use 'dd' or whatever you prefer and write it to the "boot" drive (this will delete all your data).



SoC is slow so performance isn't going to be great especially if you use btrfs but ext4 works pretty well for what it is.

Thanks for that help already, but I still have one (maybe) silly question... is there a full guide how to manage that?
I guess I maybe need to set some jumper or so to do that or something else to connect to the mybook and initialize the dd command...

If I look at https://openwrt.org/toh/wd/start I cannot find the MyBook Duo.

No, you need to disassemble it.

Rufus (https://rufus.ie/) should be able to do it.
Other alternatives
https://www.memtest86.com/ (utility included in zip file) if you're on Windows.

okay, but how could I build a connection to wd mybook?
As I only have a USB port I could use to connect through

I can see the disk in the device manager:

but e.g. rufus cannot open the device...

If I use diskpart it lists me he following.

but it says no partitions available on this disk.

I'm not sure I follow you here

You open up the MyBook Duo, connect the drive natively to your computer either by SATA (preferrably) or by using an USB-SATA adapter.

Write the image file to the HDD

Pop it back in the WD MyBook

Power it up and connect to IP-address using SSH over ethernet.

Keep in mind that we're talking about the Live Duo unit (only supported variant).

okay sadly...