This thread is about unnecessary risks.
It starts with some sort of intermittent hardware failure, probably not-quite-dead disk or something.
ReadyNAS Duo [X-RAID]. I noticed is was offline in my LAN and I couldn’t access …. The device seemed to have frozen and it wouldn’t shut down normally using the power button, I had to pull the cable. When restarting … it didn’t boot up properly and become usable again
When asked if he has a valid backup, he goes on to say
For the relatively brief periods of time I can get it up and running I can browse the shares on the network as normal. i was kind of hoping to address the cause of it falling over without having to move the data off the disks.
Well, this is bold. I daresay it is sorta kinda bordering on excessively bold. In any anomaly like this, there are only two alternative courses of action
- back up data from the NAS, with the disks in the NAS, or
- get the disks out and clone them to blank new disks.
depending on the exact situation, one or the other may be better, but backup goes first in any case.