NAS Recovery

Although NAS devices are reliable storage, they still can fail. If you cannot get access to the data stored on a NAS, you can try to recover the data using special NAS recovery software. Generally, NAS data recovery boils down to getting the disks from a NAS, connecting them to a PC, and extracting files using data recovery software.

Supported NAS devices

  • QNAP
  • Synology
  • Buffalo LinkStation and TeraStation
  • Seagate BlackArmor
  • Iomega Storcenter
  • Thecus
  • Western Digital
  • LaCie
  • btrfs-based NAS servers
  • ...and many other

NAS data recovery using ReclaiMe

  1. Get the disks out of the NAS and connect them to the PC. Don't forget to turn off the power and pull the plug out of the wall socket when disconnecting and connecting the disks. When you take the disks out of the NAS, label all of them according to which bay they belong to. These labels will help you to put it all back together in the same way if needed. If Windows on the PC to which you connect the disks asks you to "Initialize disks" or even "Format" them, don't. Please, refer to this page if you need more information on why you should extract the disks from the NAS when recovering data.
  2. Download and install ReclaiMe File Recovery software. Most NASes use so called md-raid or LVM drivers to handle an array. ReclaiMe is capable of parsing md-raid and LVM control structures if they are not too badly damaged.
  3. Select the NAS volume you need to recover and click Start. For the btrfs-based NASes like NETGEAR, the volume will be under the BTRFS section; for other NASes, look for it under the Linux md-raid or Linux LVM section.
  4. Select md-raid volume in ReclaiMe
  5. Wait until the ReclaiMe File Recovery starts to bring files and then check the quality of the recovery using the Preview .
    Check the quality of the recovery in ReclaiMe
  6. Purchase the license key and then copy the recovered data to the prepared storage device.

If you can't see the array in ReclaiMe File Recovery, then you need to recover RAID configuration first using ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery software. When the parameters are determined, select "Run ReclaiMe to recover data" in ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery tool and back here. Click here for detailed tutorial.

All the steps on video

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