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Author Topic: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?  (Read 11292 times)

ReefUser

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How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:33:56 PM »

I just replaced the two RAID 1 drives in my DNS-323 with larger drives. I needed to read a file off the old drives so I connected one of them to a spare SATA port. The bios sees the drive and the Device Manager indicates it is properly installed but it does not show up in Windows Explorer. Why?

Does the DNS-323 use a file system incompatible with Windows 7 (NTFS)? If so, how does one recover data from a DNS-323 RAID 1 array should one of the drives or the DNS323 fail?
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Old Fart

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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010, 05:07:52 AM »

Hey I did that last night, just go here http://www.ext2fsd.com/ and DL ext2fsd and install it. start the program and assign it a drive letter.
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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2010, 05:16:51 AM »

If so, how does one recover data from a DNS-323 RAID 1 array should one of the drives or the DNS323 fail?

If a drive fails in a RAID1 array, the data should be accessible exactly the same way as it was immediately prior to the failure of the drive - that, after all, is the "raison d'etre" of RAID.

If the DNS-323 were to fail, then the data should be available, from your back up - assuming that you have one.
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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2010, 05:58:22 AM »

Hey I did that last night, just go here http://www.ext2fsd.com/ and DL ext2fsd and install it. start the program and assign it a drive letter.

Thanks for the advice.

I downloaded and installed ext2fsd. I ran it and was able to assign a drive letter to the ex-DNS323 drive. However, when I try to access the files on the drive using Windows Explorer, a dialog pops up stating it is necessary to format the drive. Obviously, formatting is the last thing I want to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old Fart

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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010, 07:14:20 AM »

Thats odd it never asked me that question. I think I just selected the largest partition and assigned a drive letter to it. Try it with the other drive and see if it reacts the same way. I used the right drive, not sure if it makes a difference?

Denis
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ReefUser

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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2010, 04:50:47 PM »

My error, I installed ext2fsd wrong. It works perfectly and I was able to recover the data I needed. Even more important, I now have confidence that a RAID 1 array will indeed provide a means of recovering data if one of the two drives dies.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2021, 10:36:20 AM »

I know this is an old thread but recently my DNS 323 began acting up (middle button just flashes) and am wondering if I can use this same method by putting my drive in an external box and accessing it?
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Re: How Read DNS-323 RAID 1 drive in Windows?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2021, 03:46:49 PM »

Yes it should work.
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