| By Fred Langa |
It can be a disaster when a large Network Attached Storage (NAS) device fails.
Because NAS drives and similar network devices (routers, network printers, set-top boxes, etc.) often base their internal OSes on Linux, sometimes you can repair them with standard Linux recovery tools.
Using a bootable Linux CD to rescue NAS drives
Reader Les Chadwick experienced a nightmare problem: the failure of his large Network Attached Storage drive, on which his Windows systems had saved — well, everything.
- “Can you please help? My worst fears have just been realized. I run a small Windows network at home, consisting of three computers and a LaCie 1.8TB Network Space 2 NAS Drive. As a photographer, I take a great many images and eventually archive them to the NAS. I also use the network drive to hold backups of each computer and to store many of my documents and software.
“This morning I was copying a folder of images across to said NAS drive when, about halfway through, the system suddenly crashed. I rebooted the computer, only to find to my horror that I can no longer access the main partition on the NAS drive, where all my information is stored. I have tried to access it from each of the other two computers, but to no avail.
“I can, however, access the drive through the LaCie Dashboard and see all the normal configuration data. I can even change the setup if required. What I can’t see or access is the ‘openshare’ partition, which is grayed out.