Buffalo Linkstation not recognized on the network

Someone’s Buffalo Linkstation has dropped off the network

… a Buffalo Linkstation with a 1TB hard drive.

Unfortunately this has stopped being recognised on the network now so I can’t get the files this way.

I have taken the drive out and…plugged it into a Windows Machine and been to Disc Management but it says it needs to be initialised before it can be used…I just need to be able to get data off …

I don’t the drive is damaged and it should be readable, I think just something to do with the network bit is no longer right.

What can be done there, short of using Home NAS Recovery? There are two possible other courses of action:

  1. Put the disk into a Linux PC, not Windows. The disk is likely to be readable.
  2. Replace the Linkstation under warranty (if still covered by warranty), then put the drive back into the replacement unit.

Buffalo Nas broken – data recovery

The story on Tom’s  goes like

[I] have a Buffalo NAS (Linkstation duo) which is broken because of thunder I guess.I’m trying to recover my data by plugging the 2 disks in my Linux Computer through USB Adapter.

I did a rebuild of the raid array (RAID0: striping) with mdadm… I can see the files but they seem to be corrupted…the preview is good but not the full picture

Do you think there is a solution?

What I have to say about this

  1. Strictly speaking, NASes do not typically break because of thunder. The problem is in fact lightning, which causes electrical transients in a power grid.
  2. A RAID with all files corrupted, including the case where small previews are OK, but full-resolution images are broken, is the most common case of incorrectly assembled RAID. He got his parameters wrong. RAID level seems correct, because LinkStation Duo does indeed use RAID0 by default.
  3. Linux manual recoveries require precise knowledge of the RAID parameters. One possible solution, though, is to switch to Windows and use Home NAS Recovery. The case seems trivial, at least from the information available.