NAS IS RUINED BUT BACON SAVED!
Made the decision that the family photos, tax/old email/property/vehicle records and 1TB video collection was worth more than any drive or product use so I tore the case apart and pulled the drive. Connected the bare drive to an internal SATA cable and browsed in Windows. Unfortunately Explorer doesn’t see the drive but the BIOS and the Device Manager do…concluded that the OS must be a different file system and Windows can’t see it properly.
Small search…yep, Debian Linux with EXT5 file system…two things I know ZERO about.
Downloaded a free application called DiskInternals Linux Reader for Windows which essentially enables you to see all the folders/files on the drives. This was a life saver! Link: http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/
Just install the app and it found my suspect D:/ drive on it’s own. I muddled around a bit in the /CacheVolume\shares\public and, VOILA, all of my folders in pristine condition. You then have to set up a Recover Folder (easy) which will slide your folders to the right and insert an empty column titled Files to Recover on the left. Drag/drop folders on right into Files to Recover column on left and, when done, click the Export Wizard at bottom. This wizard has about 5-6 steps and generally allows you to select a target folder to send all the scrubbed folders to. I tested one small folder by sending it to a Recover folder on my desktop and it worked perfectly! I’m not in the midst of recovering almost 1TB of data into the Recover folder on my W7 machine. I started the recovery processa about 30 mins ago and it’s about 75% done already.
Note - be sure you have enough empty space on the recovery disk so you can slide it over.
I am now NEVER going to store any data on a single drive NAS. I will be migrating this data to a Drobo FS (5 drives capable in a RAID stripe) or a Netgear ReadyNAS DUO. Hopefully a mirrored drive(s) will accomplish a safe copy.
Trust me, if my wife had to hear from me that I lost our kid’s birth pictures…F me.
Happy to help anyone with this as I’ve been shi^^ing bricks for three days wondering how I was going to fix this. I started a Kroll OnTrack scan 3 days ago and it just finished. Can’t do anything with the folders until you pay…but it’s moot now that the DiskInternals worked. Whoever wrote that…I owe you one.