Thread: Linksys NAS hard drive
February 20th, 2011, 08:12 PM #1
Linksys NAS hard drive
I have a lInksys nas model EFG120 v.2 with one hard drive installed....I need to get the data off it. The problem is, I don't have the software to go with it and can't get into the admin function.....I have hit the reset button on the back, which resets the IP address to 192.168.1.77...I can log onto it with a Web browser and see the files, just can't extract them.
So, I took the hard drive out (160GB Maxtor PATA) and slaved it to my Windows 7 machine and can see it it disk manager - just can't access it in My Computer.....it shows the partition as Simple, Basic. Healthy(Primary Partition) and online.........my question is - do I need to make it active? If I do - will I risk losing and data or make it inaccessible if I put it back into the NAS device?
....active is not an option - only dynamic disk.....
Last edited by hoemee; February 20th, 2011 at 08:33 PM.
February 20th, 2011, 11:45 PM #2
I only know Dynamic Disk is not what you want.
(edit, That is a different kind of file system.)
You can convert to it, without loosing data, but can only convert back to NT file system, by wiping the disk, and starting over with NT file system. (all data gone).
The disk will still be readable, and functional, after converting, as I converted my whole system drive, by accident once.
I was stuck with it until my next clean install, but it worked fine.
Not that I know the answer, just that is not it.
Dynamic Disk is kinda like RAID 0 without the speed boost.
You can make 2 disks 1, but they do not work in parallel, like stripping.
I think it has advantages in large network backup also.
The only thing I can think of, is you have to take possession of the disk, in the computer.
I'd have to look it up for XP, (as I have only done it once, years ago) and have absolutely no idea, in 7.
Is there any kind of encryption program associated with the NAS?
That could make the disk unreadable, in another device. Edit (but you can read it, just not copy, so probably no encryption)
Wait, for one of the network guys, I just wanted to let you know what Dynamic Disk is.
Sorry the term is Ownership
How do I take ownership of my files and folders from a old harddrive? - Yahoo! Answers
I'd still wait for other replies though.
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Last edited by stroyal; February 21st, 2011 at 12:46 AM.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
February 21st, 2011, 01:16 AM #3
Active is only supposed to be the boot partition, and there is only supposed to be one active partition, and I thought 1 drive also.
Strangely enough, I just checked my backup drive, and it was set to active.
I set it to un-active, and nothing changed, so I'm not sure what that's about, but it doesn't need to be active apparently.Hard Sayin Not Knowin
February 21st, 2011, 08:56 AM #4
The active thing is only going to decide which partition of a drive can be booted from, but if your boot loader isn't looking for that disk, then it doesn't matter... The disk that the boot loader looks for is normally defined in the ARC Path, which you should be able to establish (if you know where to look) inside whichever OS you're running...
ARC Path info in M$
What does it show when you go into Disk Management (right-click "Computer" --> "Manage" then navigate to "Disk Management") to see if the drive is being listed..? If it is listed, then check what drive letter it is being tagged with, and you can always add an extra drive letter if you wanted - or change it, but you'd get a WARNING message if you just change it...
A screenie/snip of Disk Management would be great.....
P.S. No PM for this..??
February 21st, 2011, 09:27 AM #5
What does it show when you go into Disk Management (right-click "Computer" --> "Manage" then navigate to "Disk Management") to see if the drive is being listed..?
The drive is listed with the specs as listed above....but no drive letter is assigned.....
...I have attached a screenshot - lol on the pm.......just testing you to see if you are paying attention ........don't fret - if I didn't get a response soon, I would have been knocking on your virtual door.....
Last edited by hoemee; February 21st, 2011 at 09:34 AM.
February 21st, 2011, 12:49 PM #6
If you right click the (main) partition, do you get the option to assign/change drive letters..? I can't remember what the wording used is, but should be reasonably obvious...see if you can assign it a drive letter (that isn't already in use) and if you can't do it, then see if you can take another screenie/snip of what options are given to you...
I thought I'd said before, but I'll say it now anyway, I tend to be on here most from my BlackBerry. The speed isn't great (non-3G handset, so only using GPRS signal, which is about the same as dial-up) and therefore I tend to only go to threads that are listed on my Subscriptions page, which happens to be my BlackBerry's homepage..plus I do check my PMs... That basically means that I don't often get involved in the new threads any more, so if you think I'll be of use, just drop me a PM with a link... (That goes for you too, stroyal....
February 21st, 2011, 01:18 PM #7
When you right click on the partition, the only option not grayed out is dynamic......
February 21st, 2011, 01:18 PM #8
February 21st, 2011, 04:35 PM #9
Define expert.... I guess my work for a high-end network storage solution provider (hint: our industry sector rivals include NetApp and Isilon ) comes in handy on here in a few places...
FWIW, you can PM me on anything you think I can help on.....just don't send a link to anything started by Dude111 as it is just cr@p...
February 22nd, 2011, 01:49 AM #10
Given you situation, I would be tempted to try changing the disk to a dynamic one...you aren't going to lose any data in doing so, and you stated that you want to get the data off it anyway, so you can always just format it once you have got the data off, if you wanted to...
Once you've changed it to dynamic, I'd see what options you have to play with then..
I would also be tempted to give DISKPART (or is it FDISK ) a look at it, see if you can assign it a letter - just make sure that you do NOT tell it to "clean" as you'd lose the partitions, but you should be able to use the "assignletter=J" command to give it the J drive letter...
Anyway, give dynamic a try and let us know how you get on..
February 22nd, 2011, 10:54 AM #11
No go - it states that this object is not supported by the process....perhaps because it is an IDE drive.......also tried slaving it to an IDE Win XP PRO machine....no joy
...also tried Diskpart....it wouldn't show up - also tried all jumper settings (master, slave, cs).........put it back in the Linksys enclosure and it still worked...
.....I even contacted Cisco to try and get the original software for it - no luck there either........
Last edited by hoemee; February 23rd, 2011 at 10:17 PM.
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