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    Default NAS Hard drive

    Does anyone know a way of getting either

    1. Data off a HDD that was in a zyxel Nas
    2. Allowing a Windows PC to see the HDD so it can be reformated

    My Zyxel Nas has died however the HDD seems fine as it spins up when I try it in my HDD enclosure

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    What has it been formatted as fat32 ntfs etc?
    There are plenty of tools about but you need to know what format the drive is.
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    Genuinely no idea as it's been so long, it maybe fat32, probably whatever was recommended by Zyxel as best for the NAS

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    Default Re: NAS Hard drive

    Probably best asking here;

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    Default Re: NAS Hard drive

    I doubt it is fat32 due to filesize limitations, it's most likely using some flavour of RAID unless this was a single disk NAS? Even then it may be some weird filesystem. Probably best to start with ZyXel support and go from there but it may be that you can use Linux to image the drive then mount that image and attempt recovery.

    What model is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    I doubt it is fat32 due to filesize limitations, it's most likely using some flavour of RAID unless this was a single disk NAS? Even then it may be some weird filesystem. Probably best to start with ZyXel support and go from there but it may be that you can use Linux to image the drive then mount that image and attempt recovery.

    What model is it?
    It was a single disk NAS, a Zyxel NSA 310. Was dipping my toe in to see if worthwhile before buying a multi disk set up, could storage came along and kinda meet my needs just as well so never got round to upgrading. Im sure I have a back up of everything that was on it but would be good to check if possible.

    Ill try Zyxel support forum and see how it goes from there.

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    Have you tried using Recova to see if you can see the files? Once you get them from the drive you may have to use Diskpart to remove the partitions and re initialize the drive in Windows

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    I’d have thought it would be easier to recover from a single disk model, I’ll see what info I can find for you mate.

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    Default Re: NAS Hard drive

    From the datasheet it says internal HDD filesystem is EXT4 so you may be able to just mount it in Linux or here is a guide on how to mount in Windows. Once mounted you should be able to access the files, just make sure you do not format the drive at any point as at first Windows may say it needs formatting.
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    Another easy way is to mount it by using the Linux Mint Live CD. Just burn it to a disc or USB stick, boot from it and then navigate the drive like you would in windows.
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    Default Re: NAS Hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    From the datasheet it says internal HDD filesystem is EXT4 so you may be able to just mount it in Linux or here is a guide on how to mount in Windows. Once mounted you should be able to access the files, just make sure you do not format the drive at any point as at first Windows may say it needs formatting.
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    Thanks mate, this worked using the ext2 volume manager way. Was able to recover the date and reformat for future use.

    Everyone's help very much appreciated

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