How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box
I had originally posted this question here on Synology Forums and no real solution was suggested except a Linux / RAID based solution that worked for someone, but not for me.
I believe a LINUX & Drive/ Volume Expert could help with this as someone did use a similar solution to recover their RAIDed disk, but I was not using RAID, maybe JBOD/ SHR so I think there should be a way?
Many times I've run into issues of Synology or Hard Drive corruption/ error in sectors etc. where I have had to pretty much remove the Drive which Synology refuses to read or work with.
In such scenarios I am hoping I could use a bunch of Hard Drive recovery tools that I have after attaching the Disk to a PC/Box or Laptop via USB enclosure.
The question is, assuming I am able to detect the Hard Drive and assuming that hardware is still kind of functional, what way can I LOAD/ MOUNT the Drive (under Windows or Linux OS etc) on a PC/Laptop? (What tools/ software should I used to do that?)
I've used several Partition Management tools and I can see 4 partitions inside the Disk as created by Synology.
But, I cant seem to figure out a way to LOAD/ MOUNT the Data Volume where Synology stores my data.
Once that volume/partition is loaded (assuming there is some software/tool that can do that), how do I FIND where my DATA files and folders are stored, so that I can copy them off the Disk.
If it was a DIY Server using an OS & Partition type I had insights on it would be easy to figure out where the DATA is and attempt to recover it.
How can I do that for drives that get "messed up" inside the Synology Box?
One solutions path explored that did not work:
- No answer for you, I've got the exact same problem. I've tried various ext4 reading windows programs, all of which can see the drive & partitions, but none of which have been able to recover data (geeksnerds, stellar phoenix, linux reader, explore2fs, ext2explore, none of which allowed me to copy, recover or even see data files).
- Surprisingly, the drives do not auto mount in Ubuntu 12.04 either. Good luck.
Another Solution that worked well on RAIDed drive but I had no luck on my Disk (JBOD or SHR):
- Installed Ubuntu 11.10 (also tried with latest version 12.xx)into some spare SATA-drive. No updates needed to be installed. PC must have Internet connection.
- Attached drive from DS411 which was configured as RAID-1 mirror into Ubuntu PC and booted up.
- At "Dash Home" search 'disk utility' ans start it to see that attached drive exist and is visible in Linux.
- Install 'Logical Volume Management' software from "Ubuntu Software Center"
- Install 'mdadm'. At "Dash Home" search 'terminal' and start it. In terminal type: sudo apt-get install mdadm
- mdadm installation on first pop-up press 'tab' to get cursor on 'OK' and hit enter, for email configuration choose 'no configuration'
- After installation is complete type: sudo mdadm --assemble --scan After this command your attached Raid-1 mirror half should be visible on 'disk utility'-software.
- On disk utility, find selection on attached drive 'start volume group' after all volumes and array should be running, if not try to start volumes separately.
- Select volume where data is stored (biggest one) and below that click on 'mount'
- Open 'home folder' attached Raid-1 mirror half should be visible and data can be accessed and copied to other locations.
I've not had any luck using this method, but I can see the Disk attached and Ubuntu also gives me the option to format the drive. But, so far I am trying to see some way to recover the drive data.