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Format Maxtor Shared Storage ii

Posted on 2010-11-17
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Dear Experts,
I need to re-format a Maxtor Shared Storage ii NAS drive, running their central axis software. There's not an option to format the drive on their web interface. Is there a way I can do it from the windows run/cmd prompt? Or do I physically need to remove the drive? If I remove the drive and place it in my desktop PC, what file system do I need to use to format the drive?
Cheers,
Charlie
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by:Kris Montgomery
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I assume that you cannot format the drive because it has an OS on there.  You can only delete data from the drive from the drive and reset the passwords and such.  After searching for awhile, I found this information for you:

http://stx.lithium.com/t5/Maxtor-Shared-Storage-Central/format-reformat-maxtor-shared-storage-ii/m-p/12621/highlight/true#M879

And I finally found the full user-manual:
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/maxtor/en_us/documentation/installation_guides/mss_ii_installation_guide_en.pdf

Thanks!

mug
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by:RevIngram
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Muganthony - Thanks, but I'd found both of those myself, I'd spent a couple of hours surfing the web to try to find a solution before posting here.

Is the OS for the NAS on the drive, or is it stored on a chip? Hence my question as to whether or not I could just remove the drive and format it on a different machine?
Obviously, I'd rather find some other way to reformat the drive without removing it - any one else?
Cheers,
Charlie
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I am not sure.  The quick way to check (if not in the manual) would be to remove the hard drive and see if it boots without it.  Also, you could replace the hard drive with a spare and see if the OS asks to format it.  

Lastly, you will know what file system the drive has when you mount it to another computer.  If mounting to  Windows, right click on the drive and click Properties.

Thanks.

mug
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