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.
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Recover data from LaCie 1TB NAS

Neil seems to have a problem with its 1TB LaCie NAS.

… Lacie NAS 1TB drive… I can’t even get a connection to it. I … put [the drive] into my computer using a free SATA port. … I can see the drive only in Disk Management…Windows tells me that there is 100% free space available…How can I possibly recover my data from this drive?

What Filesystem is Lacie using?

Last question first, LaCie uses EXT3 or XFS filesystem, depending on the exact model/firmware.

As far as recovery goes, we can do that, since this is a NAS version of the LaCie.  If it were a USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt version, we would have passed the opportunity. As it is, single drive NAS with EXT3 (or XFS) is pretty easy. The damage should be not that bad, because not being able to connect to the unit at all suggests some kind of instantaneous and total failure of either the unit itself or firmware in it. Such cases tend not to damage the filesystem, because there is no time to do the said damage.

As a side note, Disk Management does not show free space for EXT3, or any other Linux filesystem. It does not know how to read them, so it assumes all the space is free.