I have a 1TB network drive (blue ring) that had been working fine until a couple of days ago, when it started disappearing from my LAN. I was able to get it back by shutting it down, then powering back up again. Until today, when, after working fine all day, it disappeared again. When I tried to recycle, however, it failed to come back to life (no lights in the ring).
That was 45 minutes ago, during which time I’ve been trying to find some info on what might be wrong. As I was starting to write this message, it came back to life (alternating between solid and rotating blue rings - altho it has been stuck on a solid ring for the past few minutes), but it still isn’t showing up on the network.
I have most of it backed up, but not the most recent stuff in the last 48 hours - which is rather important.
And raises a second question: I was told when I bought it I could just plug an identical drive into the USB port and set it up to automatically back up the original drive. So I bought a second drive - only to discover the original drive only sees it as more memory, with no way to use it to back up existing content. Nor can I find any backup software that seems to work on a network drive. The suggestion to just take it off the net and plug it into one of my computers may be necessary to recover the data, but rather defeats the purpose of a network drive for everyday use.
Anyone have any answers to either of these problems?