Recovering Data from NAS Devices
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are quickly gaining popularity. Plugging into a free Ethernet port on your router, switch or PC, these devices provide a quick and convenient way to increase storage space available to a single PC or the entire network without the need of a computer to share the attached storage. Some NAS devices have data capacity of one terabyte or more.
Having your storage capacity increased to over a terabyte is great, but losing a terabyte of data due to a power outage, a system failure or a virus attack would be just terrible. Marketing a full range of data recovery products, we at DiskInternals Company get numerous questions from users of these devices about restoring their lost data.
Answering this question is not an easy matter of recommending one or another product developed by our company. While NAS devices often look similar or even exactly like USB disk enclosures, they don’t function in a similar manner. NAS devices are much more complex than regular USB drive enclosures. Often featuring internal RAID arrays to achieve the huge advertised capacities, these devices are more difficult to recover data from should anything happen to them.
Let’s have a look at a higher-end version of WD MyBook. Featuring storage capacity of 1 TB, this device has a software RAID array controlled by Linux OS that runs inside of the box. Apparently, using any data recovery program through Ethernet connection wouldn’t return any meaningful result should anything happen to the enclosure, its operating system, or system structures of the hard disks making the array.
In order to recover data from WD MyBook and other NAS devices, you have to follow several steps that involve disassembling the device and your PC, and connecting all hard drives from the NAS device directly to IDE or SATA ports inside your computer.
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Choosing the Right Product
DiskInternals offers three different products that can recover data from NAS devices as well as repair the disks.
DiskInternals data recovery products, including Uneraser, Partition Recovery and Raid Recovery, fully support the Linux file system as well as all types of Linux RAID, including Linux RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 6. Links:
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