Western Digital has scheduled a mandatory firmare upgrade for their MyCloud Home network attached storage devices. Here’s what you need to know if you are running Channels DVR Server on this device.

What is happening?

If you’re an owner of a Western Digital MyCloud Home, you have probably already heard from them regarding their planned upgrade of the device. In April 2022, Western Digital plans to migrate the underlying operating system that powers MyCloud Home devices from Android to Linux.

This is planned to be a forced update with no way to opt out and there will be no app platform in place when the migration happens.

What does this mean?

After the migration, your installation of Channels DVR Server will no longer run. You won’t lose any data or files, but your server will be unavailable and there will be no way to get it running again on your device.

What do I need to do?

Unfortunately, you will need to migrate your Channels DVR Server to another platform. Ideally, to make things easier on yourself, you should do this before the device update happens.

Fortunately, Channels DVR Server runs on a LOT of hardware platforms and migrating your recordings and data is simple.

What hardware is comparable?

One of the most popular, and most stable, devices amongst Channels fans is the Synology 220+. The Synology DSM system is really fun and easy to use too.

If you’re looking for a cheap, small, and simple device to keep running Channels DVR Server, the Raspberry Pi can’t be beat. Our custom Raspberry Pi image will have you up and running in minutes.

Or, just find an old computer someone isn’t using, plug it into your router, and install Channels DVR Server on it. You would have to go REALLY far back to find almost any Mac or PC that doesn’t have enough power to run it.

Visit the Channels DVR Server page on our website to learn about the many hardware platforms available.

How do I migrate my recordings and passes?

Moving your data is easy. You can learn exactly how to do it with our documentation.

Follow this topic on our Community for further help and discussion on this transition.