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Drive not formatted error

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by Martaine, May 13, 2006.

  1. Martaine

    Martaine LI Guru Member

    Hi all,
    I have had an NSLU2 running two HDD for over a year no problems at all. When I came home yesterday drive 2 was not accessible from windows and the web application says that the drive is not formated.
    I've rebooted the NSLU2, I've double checked and swapped the usb cables, rebooted the HDD and nothing has made any difference.
    The fantastic people at Linksys online support both gave completely contradictory info one saying the data was still on the drive the other saying not.

    I am reluctant to format the drive for obvious reasons, so over to you lovely people, is there any way I can save 250 gig of data?

  2. Psychochicken

    Psychochicken Network Guru Member

    Stick it in a PC and boot it with Spinrite , check disk integrity

    if thats ok, nil data (should be) lost. :eek:

    Have a network connection set

    reboot using Winternals : - ERD Commander, get info off you need


    If you prefer like a modern day Xtreegold then this is for you:- Handy Recovery 2.0 ( X.X )


    wish you luck

  3. Martaine

    Martaine LI Guru Member

    Many thanks for your reply. May need a little help though.

    I've downloaded spinrite and attached the usb hdd to the pc. Windows doesn't seem to recognise it, as it hasn't been assigned a letter. How do I get spinrite to check the drive without a drive letter?

  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Did you try a scandisk on the bad drive while it was on the NSLU2? This may not work though if the NSLU2 really thinks the drive is unformatted.
  5. Martaine

    Martaine LI Guru Member

    It says no disk available.
  6. fizze

    fizze Network Guru Member

    what firmware do you run on your nslu2 ?

    plain linksys ?
    if you could telnet into the nslu2 you might be able to mount it manually.

    anyway, if the PC doesnt reognize it, check the drive management unter my computer -> manage

    and see if the drive appears there.
  7. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    If the drive was formatted with linux ext2, then Windows will not recognize it. You need something like ext2ifs for Windows
  8. Martaine

    Martaine LI Guru Member

    I have assigned the drive a letter, and it says drive not formatted.
    I'm running firmware V2.3R24.
    I've pretty much given up, all my Uni work was on another drive so nothing mega important lost.

    Thanks to all for your input.

  9. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    latest firmware is V2.3R63
  10. helsten2

    helsten2 Network Guru Member

    Got the 'drive not formatted' error 5 times in 6 month ... Lost all my data - 5 times.
    No support from Linksys. Just guesswork, suggesting newer/older versions of the firmware. Nothing helped.

    Needless to say, I am not using this 'thing' anymore. I put it where it belongs - in the garbage.
  11. LordFlux

    LordFlux Network Guru Member

    As mentioned in the post under this, I had the same thing to happen to my drive after a power flicker. I connected the USB hard disk to my PC and booted using an Ubuntu Live CD. I was able to use the disk utility to check the status of the disk and view the files located on the drive, so I knew everything was still intact. I unmounted the drive and shut my PC down, then disconnected the USB drive and reconnected it to the NSLU2. It worked perfectly.

    I now have my NSLU2 and both hard drives on a UPS and haven't had a problem since. Power surges are apparently a death blow for the stability/integrity of the drive.
  12. scvogel

    scvogel Network Guru Member

    Anyone know what's in Quota.user file?

    I've had a power flicker and have lost access to the drive on my NSLU2. It doesn't recognize anyones username/password.

    I mounted the drive on my XP machine using an EXT3 driver. All I can see is the shares, and the files appear to be largely intact, and a file called quota.user. This appears to be binary.

    I don't see the config/hdd directories that I thought might be there.

    There are 2 more partitions - one called "linux swap" that I can't read, and one called "linux" that crashes the PC if I try to read it.

    Anyone know what I should be seeing on the disk? also, all the files appear to have the read-only flag set when I check them in windows - should I change this or doesn't this matter to the slug?

    I think it may be time to reformat the drive.....

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