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Author Topic: Can I take out a hard drive and use it on windows without the 323?  (Read 586 times)


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I’m having issues connecting to my 323 via my network.  The 323 was set up with 2 1tb drives in a raid 1 configuration.  Assuming the raid and disks are fine, can I simply remove one of the drives and plug it into my win 10 pc to access the files?  Or will this fail because the drive was part of a raid set?  I realize that the 323 is no longer supported.  So I’m just doing tomget my files to another drive.

I have a second drive that was set up with two drives but was set as jbod. It used the combined total size of each drive to form a bigger drive.  Is it possible to take either of those drives out and connect to a windows on and get any files from them?


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Re: Can I take out a hard drive and use it on windows without the 323?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2018, 10:40:45 AM »

NO, I believe you will break the raid configuration by doing this...
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Re: Can I take out a hard drive and use it on windows without the 323?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2018, 05:03:04 PM »

Simple answer, DON'T let windows near ant drive from a Linux NAS.  Windows does not understand the the Ext2/3 file system and will destroy any data you have on the disk.

Just removing disks without marking which slot they came from gives a 50% chance of losing your data on a RAID1 array and a higher chance of loss with a JBOD array, It also requires specialist equipment and software to recover data from a damaged JBOD array.

Your problem with not being able to access your NAS boxes is, most probably down to the fact that Microsoft changed the default SMB/CIFS version to v2 and the NAS boxes only understand V1.  You need to dig about in the win setup and change SMB back to v1.