Long time lurker and Olive Owner (3, 04HD, 06HD)
Hi, long time lurker who thought I would post my experience with Olive. As noted, I have had 3 Olives. Regularly used the 04HD and never had an issue. I still own it and it probably still works, though I haven't powered it on in over 5 years. I currently use the 06HD and have experienced many of the issues posted here. It eventually became unusable and even restoring from USB didn't work. One note about restoring from USB. Olive seems to be very particular about the USB device. It took me trying 4 different USB drives before I was successful. In any event, I finally broke down and replaced the hard drive. The Olive uses a WD green 2TB and I replaced that with a WD red 2TB (red is more reliable than green). I used Acronis Disk Director to format drive to FAT32 as Windows 10 won't do it. The drive replacement was pretty straightforward, my only advice is to be careful when taking off the lid as two ribbon cables connect the lid to the motherboard. I pulled them loose, but had not damaged them and was able to reconnect. Once I replaced the drive I restored from USB. I use J River to rip all of my music. That gives me a natural backup that I can play via other mechanisms. I copied my music library to the Olive over wifi (took a day and a half, next time, I'll connect via Ethernet). Since then, it works like new, though I don't think Internet radio is working, but that could be because Olive site is down. A couple of questions. It certainly appears the disk was damaged, but I don't ever recall seeing any messaging related when the Olive was doing its disk check. Wonder what the disk check actually did. Also, I've now taken to turning off the unit when not in use and not letting it sleep. What are people's opinions on that? Sleep or off? Turning it off means you have to reboot every time you want to use it, but then, the unit isn't subject to any power issues that may occur with it constantly being in sleep mode. Finally, what is the latest version of software? I believe I restored to 4.3.2.