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Recovering Data From an NAS Drive

Data recovery from an NAS drive is possible, but the method depends on the cause of the data loss. Here are two main scenarios:

1. Deleted files:

  • If you simply deleted some files, you might be able to recover them from the NAS’s recycle bin (if it has one). Consult your NAS device’s user manual for specific instructions.
  • Data recovery software can also be used to recover deleted files from the NAS drives. These programs work by scanning the storage for traces of deleted files. Some popular data recovery software options include EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and Recuva.

2. Drive failure or RAID malfunction:

  • This is a more complex situation. It might involve retrieving the individual hard drives from the NAS and connecting them to a computer for data recovery.
  • If your NAS uses RAID configuration for data redundancy, data recovery software that can handle RAID arrays is necessary. Examples include UFS Explorer Professional Recovery and Stellar Toolkit for Data Recovery.

Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Don’t overwrite the data: Stop using the NAS as soon as you realize you need to recover data. New data written to the NAS could overwrite the deleted or lost files, making them unrecoverable.
  • Consult a professional: If you’re uncomfortable with data recovery software or your NAS setup is complex, consider consulting a data recovery professional.
  • Backup regularly: The best way to avoid data loss entirely is to have a regular backup routine in place. Backup your NAS data to a separate external drive or cloud storage service.

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