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Light around on/off-button flashing / no access


I have also a problem:

I have a 500 GB Netcenter, linked to a router
(Syslink). This morning, as I switches the harddisk
on, the light around the on/off button flashes from
blue to red and I have no access to the programs
and resources anymore (I think I have downloaded
500 GB full onto it and that is why the harddisk
won't work anymore...I did burn away data regullary
but could not do that lately).

Can anyone tell me:
Did you have the same problem and how did you
solve it? Would push the reset-button on the
backsite of the harddisk solve it or would I loose
all the data by doing that?

So I can not access the data anymore, no matter
from what computer I try....

Thank you very much indeed.

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  • floydco Apr 14, 2008

    I have the same problem, the drive spins up and the relays click three times and the drive shuts down. The reset has no effect, only starts the same procedure all over again.

  • megacrash Oct 25, 2008

    Same problem here.

    Mine started when trying to copy things from it , to recover my wife's crashed PC. The netcenter started locking up.

    Then one last time, that was it, it never came back.



    Seems these drives have a problem. They use a form of Linux and write "super" blocks. Which is suppose to be a safe thing. Until just one to many things are attempted at the same time, and it looses track of it and it's file table. Later versions the os have that fixed.



    That's the way it's been explained to me.

    I'm pretty darn PC savvy, my daughter's bf is even more. He took on the challenge for me and looked into it. He works for a consulting IT company. He used some Linux based pro tools to do file recovery on the drive after removing it from the netcenter case.



    So if you want to try and do a recovery, get a machine up and running on one of the Linux releases, get some recovery tools for it, and give it a whirl.

    What ever you do, don't attempt to reconfigure the hd , or write to it. Just nothing but read. Otherwise you can forget about trying a recovery project.



    With my data off the disk, well about 90% of it. I put the drive back into the netcenter, and while it shows all the space available, when I created a new volume in the netcenter manager, it says there isn't enough space.

    I have an email into WD asking what needs to be done to prepare a drive for the netcenter after such a crash.

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