First and foremost, what a great site and what a wealth of knowledge!! I have a few questions that will (hopefully) help me dig myself out of a rather large hole I currently find myself in. Any insights from members of the community will be greatly appreciated.
I own an old MyBook World Edition WD10000D033. It has two 500 GB drives configured in a mirror.
Yesterday I noticed that access was sluggish but I was finishing a project for a client and did not have time to investigate.
When I had time, it was no longer responsive. When I looked at the unit, the Blue Rings were rotating slowly clockwise.
I pressed the center button and eventually the unit came down, but now when I attach the power cord the Blue Rings flash briefly and then go off. It will not boot.
Looking inside the unit, I noticed the drives were rather hot. It looks like the cooling fan has quit and something has overheated (confirmed later).
It is an old unit, I would be shocked if it was still under warranty. I'm not concerned about getting it to work again, I'll happily purchase a new NAS. But I really need the data.
The drives seem to still be spinning, so I suppose there is a chance the data is still there and accessible.
Let me state at the onset: my goal here is not to resurrect the NAS; my goal is to retrieve the data. The data is all I care about.
I saw an identical unit (sans hard drives) available on eBay and picked it up. My hope is to put the drives in the new unit and see if I can at least get it to boot up.
So my first question to the community is:
Does that sound like a reasonable initial approach?
My concern, if I proceed in this direction, is that I had these drives set up in a RAID 1 array (mirrored). As I recall the factory default on these units is RAID 0 (striped). So my next question to the group is:
Are the RAID settings stored on the hard drive(s) or in some sort of static memory on the unit?
In other words, assuming that I have at least one good drive in this array, do I run the risk of this thing booting up as RAID 0 when the drives are mirrored?
As I stated earlier, my goal here is to get the data, not resurrect the NAS. My tech has theorized that as long as the drive's format is EXT3 (which I've gathered from poking around on this site, it is) accessing the drive should be as simple as attaching it to one of his UNIX boxes, mounting the drive and seeing what can be seen. Which leads me to my next question:
If all I'm interested in is getting at the data, and given that I had this set up as a RAID 1 mirror, could I not mount one of the drives on a UNIX box and see what I can see?
Are there any dangers in giving that a try?
Perhaps there are questions I should be asking given my situation that I haven't asked or there is information that I should have proveded that I did not. Again, any insights would be much appreciated.