05-05-2010 11:47 AM - last edited on 05-05-2010 12:03 PM by pamelaz
Ive had my shared storage 2 for a few years now, over the last 6 months I havnt used it at all because of moving stuff around etc. I rebuilt my computer at the weekend and decided to use the ss2 to back all my data up too. All went well until I went to reconnected it. I could ping the ip address but do nothing else. After rebooting one of the HDDs was clicking and sounded like it was stuck in a starting loop. I wasnt too concerned as I had it all setup in Raid1, so I thought I'd still be able to get the data off it somehow. I trawled the forum reading lots of posts about failed devices and people loosing all their data as the warrenty is a direct replacement which isn't good enough for me.
I took the hard disks out at work as we have a caddy to connect via USB. I could see the disk under disk management in windows. I did some further reading and noticed it was formatted for linux. I used an Ubuntu live cd and tried to mount it to that. Lots of small partitions showed up with folders i didn't recognise. There was also a disk that just said "Array". I take it this is where all my data is? I used a program called r-linux that I read should recover linux partitions but I guess it didnt work because of the raid1.
So is there any way I can get it back? Im pretty [Edit: Please do not evade the word filter] that a device i spent around £200 on wasn't as fail safe as I thought. I work in IT so I'm quite tech savvy.
Are there any programs to recover data from a Raid without a second disk? Or can I simply replace the disk and the SS2 will rebuild it for me?
I'd really appreciate any help as there are memories on there I want to keep. Thanks.
05-05-2010 05:30 PM
Check out the following thread, the op was successfully recovered her data. Good luck.
05-06-2010 01:38 AM
Thanks for the reply.
The people in that thread are using Raid0 and i'm using Raid1. Would i need to follow the same steps by rebuilding the raid on a spare disk.
The way I read it is that you need both disks from the MSS to rebuild the array.
05-06-2010 03:52 PM - edited 05-06-2010 03:52 PM
The process is exactly the same as described in the thread. All you have to do is to connect your hard drive to linux computer, and use mdadm to build the array and mount it. You may need a second empty hard drive during the rebuild. To be on the safe side, do touch anything on the hard drive.