recover files on network hard disk

Dear Guru ,

I have a network hard disk  , where from my PC I access it through mapped drive or through \\x.x.x.x .
I accidentally deleted some files where I need to restore them .

Could you please advise , which is the best software for me to download and recover files (over the network) .

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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
If the NAS device does not support remote recovery of delted files, you cannot do anything over the network with a software on the PC. You need to logon to a shell into the NAS device and try to recover from there.
Doing recovery on the NAS will be more difficult as you need the necessary software compiled for the NAS system, and you CANNOT save the recovered files back to the NAS during recovery as this may overwrite other files still pending recovery.

Or pull the drives, attach them to a PC and then do the data recovery on the PC with some recovery tools that support the filesystem the NAS is using.

Before you do ANY of those steps you need to ensure you have a FULL BACKUP of the remaining files on that divice elsewehre, so that you can recover if you break something during recovery.

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Why don't you just restore those files from your backups?

Otherwise, depending on the OS used on the server, you cab sometimes use builtin features, such as shadow copies if it is a windoze OS and the feature was enabled. If not, you have to shutdown the server, boot it from a LiveCD or from a separate OS (not the server's OS), and then use a tool like testdisk/photorec, or if you are booting from a Windows OS, getdataback, to search for the files and then copy them off to some other location, like a USB stick. But the search can take very long and during that time no one will be able to use the server.
Henk SmitBusiness OwnerCommented:
Hi Sid,

You can try to recover your files over the network using R-Studio Network version (

All the best
andreasSystem AdminCommented:
R-Studio only works if the Agent ist installed on the system that hosts the drives. But it seems a product woth to look at in a server client environment. For dedicated NAS boxes i think there is no agent.
Henk SmitBusiness OwnerCommented:
Hi Andreas,
Yes, you are correct.
The agent needs to be loaded on the machine to be recovered - preferably via a boot CD (or memory stick) so as not to overwrite any data.

The alternative would be to remove the drive(s) and mount them on another machine if you are trying to recover a NAS device for instance.

R-Studio have the option to assemble and mount RAID drives (volumes).

All the best
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