The NAS wouldn't reset itself after 2-1/2 hrs. on the phone with Iomega and $50 later they told me the unit was bad, however I could pull the hard drive. I just ordered an external enclosure and have already pulled the hard drive. I believe all I have to do is to install the hard drive in the enclosure and then connect it to my computer, correct?
I can't thank you enough for your help. My enclosure should be arriving tomorrow and I will test the hard drive tomorrow night (Thursday). I will let you know if everything worked out, and if not, I will be looking to you for support! Thanks again and I'll let you know. Cheri
Unfortunately when I installed my server hard drive in the external enclosure and connected it to my computer, the computer connects with it, however it does not recognize a drive letter associated with it and my computer cannot read the contents of the hard drive. The hard drive is good as far as I know as I could feel the slight vibration associated with it and also the sound of it running. I would greatly appreciate any help out there as I desperately need to access the contents of this old server hard drive. HELP!
This is another issue. If I understand correctly, you can see the drive in the Device Manager but it does not get a disk letter. Can you see it in the Disk Manager (Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk tab), and what does it look like there?
If it is seen in Disk Manager but no valid partitions show, or it shows as raw or uninitialized, there are a number of steps to try to recover the data. First, do not reformat or otherwise write to the drive. Second, download a utility like EASEUS partition recovery ( http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/ ) and see if it can find and repair the partition. If that doesn't work, we move on to utilities that read the drive sector-by-sector and attempt to reconstruct the files. These are usually free to scan, but pay to recover more than one file.
Let us know how it goes. And, in the future, do backups!
Yes it is seen in the Disk Manager. I will connect it again tonight and reply with exactly what I see to better help you diagnose the problem okay? Thanks again Wyoming! Yes, I have learned my lesson regarding back-ups, the hard way obviously....thanks for your help and I'll reply this evening....Cheri
Okay, you lost, at a minimum, your partition and format info. The first and easiest step is to use some free utility to try to recover that info to read the disk. I have used http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/ .
I can see the contents of the IOmega hard drive but cannot copy it. There is a selection called, "Set Active" on the left hand navigation bar of the EASEUS, is this what I select? I did some research and it says that if I do this, then my computer may not be bootable. Does this only apply to a single hard drive that has several partitions? This won't affect my hard drive in my computer here at work will it? Please advise.
I'm at home now trying it again and I downloaded the correct program this time. I did the "quick" search and it said there was no partition to be found. I am now running a "complete" search. It is SO frustrating to see each and every one of my files but cannot access them.
I don't have any more experience, and I don't want to take over this thread, but I believe that NAS boxes often use a Linux file system. AIUI, they also have a small partition for boot code that is used by the NAS controller.
If I were tackling this problem, I would first examine sector 0 using a disc editor. The next step would depend on what we find.