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Recover Your Network Attached Storage Data

ASUS X501A

I have an Asus X501A which was refurbished before I bought it. It looked almost brand new, and was working great. I had to format the hard drive to install Windows 7, after removing Windows 8, but that was the only inconvenience. When I came to install Windows 7, I found that there were a few errors in the system. I tried to do a further format of the device, and found that the system is now not booting up to the flash drive where the Windows 7 system is. I went into the BIOS boot settings, and found that the USB port was first on the boot list, and the hard drive was second, as I had suggested. However, this was not working, so I pressed default, and now there is only a black screen whenever I want to go into Windows. I can’t boot it up, there are no sounds coming from the system, and there is also no backlight.

ASUS S400CA

When I turn it on, the battery light is flashing orange at a very fast pace. This happens whether I have the power cord in or not. I cannot turn on the laptop ever since this has happened. I tried to put in a new power cable, and this has not helped. I also removed the battery, and then waited until it had cooled before replacing. As soon as it went back into the laptop, the orange light started to show again. This is a really serious problem, because I have a lot of very important information on there, which I cannot afford to lose. The laptop cannot have been worn out, because it is less than 6 months old, and bought from brand new.

Recover Your Network Attached Storage Data

It is not just single computers that require additional storage devices, networks of computers also often need storage that will provide a central location where files can be saved and shared. These drives can be as simple as a single external hard drive or as complex as a multi-drive RAID array with a bespoke architecture and configuration in order to satisfy specialist hardware and software requirements within the data storage system. The main advantage of network attached storage is that it allows files to be saved and accessed more quickly than on a file server and also the low level of administration burden that goes with it.

As has already been mentioned, there is no single format that network attached storage takes and so each system has to be assessed on a case by case basis in order to ensure the right type of data recovery tools and techniques will be utilised in the process. Many network attached storage systems take the form of an array of hard drives that are then segmented into distinct storage areas. These can either be in a completely bespoke format, or RAID architectures and configurations can be used, depending on the requirements for the system.

As for RAID recovery, network attached storage recovery also requires knowledge of the details of the storage system that has been implemented. There are a number of parameters that will need to be known about the storage system that will include the number of drives and how they are utilised. On each drive the data will also be stored according to a particular file-based protocol, which will need to be known to effectively recover the data from the drive. The nature of network attached storage means that there could have been a number of protocols used within a single system as they are rarely limited to having to use a single protocol. These protocols include NFS, SMB/CIFS, AFP and NCP. These protocols are used by the most prevalent operating systems.

As the network attached storage can potentially be complex in nature there are a number of things can cause a failure in the system. One of these is user error, particularly if the data management of the system is not as good as it could be. Therefore changes to access, errors in the registry and accidental deletion of data are all failures that can prevent access to data and that require data recovery to be carried out.

There are also other types of failures that can occur that include firmware failure, electrical spike damage and infection by a virus. All of these are likely to cause damage and corruption to the files that are contained on the drives and so they will require professional recovery tools and techniques to maximise the data recovery.

So if you have network attached storage that requires attention give our experts a call who will be able to provide you with an over the phone diagnosis along with a competitive quote for carrying out high quality data recovery on your drives.