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    File Recovery

    Does anyone know of a file recovery tool that will work on a networked data storage device (Seagate).

    I'm wanting to recover some files that I deleted on the Seagate drive. I've tried several data recovery utilities, but none of them recognise the Seagate.

    I'm willing to pay, but not too much, as it is a one off task.

    Thanks in anticipation of your help.

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    Peter,

    Does the drive have a USB capability? If so, you may have better luck with recovery utilities attached that way. HTH
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    Most likely the system is Linux based and the disks use Ext format.
    What sort of networked drive?
    Can you take the drive out and plug it into your PC direct?

    cheers, Paul

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    I recently junked a Seagate External USB HDD our church got in 2009. It failed and contact with Seagate said to send back and they'd replace it but it was out of warranty. When I took it apart [which it wasn't meant to do] I found a standard Seagate SATA 1TB drive and a small embedded-type computer module. The battery for the ?CMOS? was completely dead and when plugged into my BlacX drive box got the dreaded clicking. All I could discover was it was formatted as ext3.

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    I'm not sureI understand the relevance of all of that, sorry. I'm not very technically minded I'm afraid.

    It doesn't have a USB port so clearly I can't run a utility from e.g. a memory stick, nor can I attach it directly to my PC.

    The network recognises it okay, and I can read/write from/to it with no problems. I guess I just don't understand why the restore utilities won't recognise it. Is this to do with the ext3 thing?

    Thanks.

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    Peter,

    Yes it does have to do with the ext3 thing (Linux file system). The utilities you have on your Windows machine are designed to work with the Fat, Fat32, NTFS file systems. Another complication is that your PC does not have direct access to the hard drive in the NAS but has to go through the operating system running on the NAS...Linux. It's "possible" that if you connect a Linux computer to the network you could try some of it's file recovery programs with more success. HTH

    Update: Peter, I found this in a search but as you can see it requires you to remove the drive from the NAS and also does not support Ext3.

    Update2: Here's a PC World Article on NAS Recovery.

    Google on: NAS File Recovery Programs
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    Without pulling the unit apart and connecting the disk directly to your machine I can't see how you can attempt recovery.

    cheers, Paul

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    Okay, thanks guys :-)

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