Okay, so it dawned on me that everyone says the problem is auto negotiation, but the command I was running didn't seem to be doing anything to set that attribute.
Thanks for the correction. I've edited my original post to include that.
After plugging the WD drive back in to the router it now links(blue light) and I can access the drive again via my computer!!!
I wonder if I can rerun the command with 100 as the speed and improve performance? Any thoughts?
You should be able to. See if 100 full duplex works.
I've checked in with Pace on the status of the bug, and they are still waiting on their vendor to finish rewriting the necessary driver to fix this. I'm sorry for the length of the delay fixing this.