NAS Data Recovery Software

By | November 22, 2017

NAS data recovery using ReclaiMe File Recovery

Recover data from a Network Attached Storage device. QNAP, Buffalo, NETGEAR, LaCie, Seagate, and Synology etc..

ReclaiMe Data recovery software is the best data recovery software I ever come across. I am a computer technician for last 15 years, recently one of my client had buffalo NAS drive failed. I have tried with many other Data recovery software such as UFS Explorer, DiskInternals, Captin Nemo none of them mange to detect xfs file system on the NAS drive. ReclaiMe File Recovery ultimate successful manage to recovery all the files. With simple UI even none technical person can use the software with ease.

NAS data recovery can be quite a challenge but is doable. As modern NAS devices typically use multiple disks in a RAID layout, the recovery is complex and multiple disks need to be analysed at the same time. Most NAS devices are Linux based so the software needs to understand Linux RAID configurations (MD and LVM) and Linux file systems (Ext 2/3/4, XFS and BTRFS)

Preparing for NAS data recovery:

  • Open NAS device
  • Label disks (bay they were in)
  • Remove disks
  • Attach all disks to a Windows PC
  • Add additional disk to copy data to

As we will be using Windows software (ReclaiMe), we need a running Windows installation. It is possible to use SATA and USB ports in any combination to attach the NAS disks. Although SATA is a more preferable option, not every computer has four or six SATA ports available. You can use an inexpensive USB hard disk enclosures, a SATA to USB adapter or attach SATA disks to the motherboard directly. Once you have the recovery PC set up (the beefier the hardware, the better) you can start using ReclaiMe.

A cheap option to add NAS disks for data recovery

Not enough SATA ports? Use an adapter to connect to USB.

The NAS data recovery procedure

  • Download and install ReclaiMe File Recovery
  • Run ReclaiMe
  • Identify and select the NAS volume you need to recover. It will be listed under the “Linux MD RAID” or “Linux LVM” section. Pick the largest one!
  • Click Start

 

Bestanden herstellen van NAS schijven

If you can’t see the array in ReclaiMe, then download ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery software and determine the array configuration parameters. Note that to recover the RAID configuration you need to know what RAID type was used in your NAS. When the parameters are determined, click “Run ReclaiMe to recover data” in ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery tool and back here.

Browsing, previewing and selecting your files.

Wait until ReclaiMe already starts displaying your files. As the scan detects more files, it will continue adding those to the directory and file list. It is not required to sit out an hour long scan as is usually the case with other software. So you can now already:

  • Browse and locate your files
  • Preview files
  • Copy files

Browse and preview files during the deleted partition scan

Observe the number of files found, and wait for the count to ‘settle’. Once this number stops growing you may Pause the scan. Select all files and folders you want to recover and use the Save button in the toolbar to copy them to another drive.

You can use the Search button, bottom left, to search for files. If however your files can not find your files yet, Resume the scan by clicking the Pause button once again.

This approximately 5 minute video also explains the procedure:

 

 

 

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