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Hard Drives pilled from NAS not appearing

Posted on 2008-10-31
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I had purchased a Western Digital MyBook World Edition 1TB NAS (2 x 500GB HDDs). It was terribly slow and unreliable for retrieving data so I pulled the HDDs and put into external enclosure so I could retrieve the data. The drivers for the external enclosures install correctly, but the drive does not show up in "My Computer" (Windows XP by the way). It does appear in the "Disk Management" as a "Healthy (Unknown Partition)". Also when viewed with Partition Magic it appears but as a "Type FD" format. These drives were not set up in a Raid configuration when in the NAS, just as a straight 1TB drive.

How can I get these drives recognized so that I can move the data from them?

Thanks in advance for any possible solutions.
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Your disk is formatted for Linux.  You can get the data off of it by connecting it to a Linux machine, or booting your machine using a LinuxLive CD of one kind or another.  Then, once you've copied the data somewhere else, you can reformat the drive to a Windows-compatible format.

It might be easier to put the Mybook back together, copy the data off of it onto another Windows drive, and then reformat the drive in the mybook to make it useful again.
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I do not understand why these disks would be formatted for linux if the NAS operates under Windows only. Anyway, I booted a Xubuntu live cd and Gparted listed the large partition that contained the data as "unknown", not as an ext3 partition. So I am not sure what to do with it now.

Also, I am hesitant to put the drives back in the NAS as there were a few files that were deleted by mistake that I need to recover, and none of the data recovery tools that I have at my disposal work with network attached drives.

So what I really need to do is to recover the mistakenly deleted files from the drives before I transfer the data off the drives.  I do not want to accidentally carry out any write operations before I recover the deleted files.
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