I have a MBWEII - 2 TB RAID 1 setup, (1TB usable.) Network Access Storage via ethernet connection. I sent the unit to Ontrack Data Recovery - they want to charge $1,800 to fix. 100% of the data is recoverable with no zero byte files - so it gave me the idea that perhaps I could solve the problem myself. I'm afraid of making the drives unreadable, have tons of unreplaceable pictures on it. So I am posting my questions here.
Drive was working for a year swimmingly. A few weeks ago I noticed that I had to keep re-powering up the drive to access the MBWEII from the VISTA machine. I was still able to access the drive via the MAC without rebooting . At first I thought it may have just been a sleep problem on the VISTA PC side of equation, because I would have to re-boot the MBWEII in the morning in order to access the drive. (Rebooting the VISTA PC did not work).
I noticed there was a firmware update available for the MBWEII drive and the rest is history. I can no longer mount the MBWEII, nor can I mount either of the two drives out of the MBWEII case. - I tried purchasing a USB 2.0 Universal drive adapter to see if I could mount/access either of the 2 disk drives (A, B) directly from the PC or the MAC via a USB connection rather than from ethernet LAN connection MBWEII unit with no luck.
It looks like I first need to make a bootable CD with UBUNTU on it in order to start a recovery process. But I am at a loss what are the next steps. I only need to access the data from the individual drives and do not need to get the MBWEII unit working again. I'm hoping this makes the problem simpler to diagnose/repair.
1. My first question obviously what are the correct steps to proceed.
2. I'm assuming that with a RAID1 configuration - that I only need to recover either drive A or B. So I'm hoping if I permanently brick one of the drives I can send the other drive out for recovery, if I had to.
Thanks for the help.