04-16-2010 03:51 PM
I recently had my Maxtor Central Axis lose its ability to connect to my network. I had been using it routinely for over a year, but out of nowhere it showed no network lights on either the unit, or my router. Please note that I had no bad light indicators on the front of the unit (no red lights at all). At this point I had trusted this thing far too much and needed to recover my data from it.
After reading through a few other posts on here I discovered the suggestion to use Knoppix, a Linux distribution, to recover the lost data. It is an 8 step process, but luckily for me, the hardest part was removing the hard drive from the unit. Inside the MCA is a Seagate 7200.11 SATA hard drive, which is the common port for most modern computers. After removing the hard drive from the case and plugging it into my computer.
All windows based computers will NOT recognize the drive at this point. That’s because the file format is a Linux format that only Linux operating systems will be able to see. So it is as easy as downloading a Linux live CD (no modifications to your current computer required) and booting your computer into Linux. Luckily, I already had a somewhat recent version of Ubuntu installed. I rebooted up in that and noticed that I now have a LOAD of new hard drives that it recognizes. Because I have the 1TB MCA, the hard drive with 9XXMB was obviously the one I wanted. Simply by looking in that hard drive you will see a file for every user account that you created with the Maxtor software. Simply copy and paste it to a new location on your other hard drive, assuming you have enough space.
I was fully expecting this process to be much more complicated than it was because the people who try to do this with the MSS units have to deal with the problem of the drives being hooked up in a RAID array. Luckily the MCA drives are only one drive in one easily recovered file format. Best of luck to anybody who might find my experience and information useful.
07-14-2010 01:19 PM
I am havin problem opening the Central Axis Home Edition.
I already removed the three screws but have some resistance the other side where the Quaranty seal is.
I know sometimes you need to be rude, but do not want to crash the cover.
Any help will be highly appreciated.
07-14-2010 02:35 PM
09-12-2010 03:14 PM
Just popped mine open to recover the data before warranty replacement. There is another screw hidden under the label where it say made in Thailand. Poke through the label and you'll hit the screw.