NAS200 Will not power up...

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by rmcinnes, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. rmcinnes

    rmcinnes Addicted to LI Member

    NAS200 has performed perfectly since August 2007, but yesterday, would not power up.
    No response at all to the Power Button, no friendly beep, no lights on at all.
    a) Power Supply is OK, 12.25 VDC, tested delivery of 1.45 Amp thru auto stop light.
    b) Removed Drives (2) 500GB Seagate Barracuda ES in RAID 1 set up.
    Checked one drive on SATA to USB adaptor, drive ran up OK,
    but was obviously unrecognised USB Drive by an iMac OS X Lion.

    So, where do I go from here... Any tricks I can try to wake it up...
    Drive was in an Off State, may be for up four days. I usually leave it in Standby, and certainly did not turn to Off manually. It could have been a power failure at the site.

    I have removed the top, but do not know what to look for.
    Am a little desperate, since all of my backups from iMac, and two XP Notebooks, all my Music and Photos as database for iTunes and iPhoto reside on the NAS200 Raid Drives.

  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Did the NAS still not power up when you removed all drives? If so, your NAS has apparently died, sorry...

    You should be able to use SystemRescueCD on a PC to save your data from the NAS drives. I think it works even if the disk is connected through your SATA-USB dongle, otherwise you'll have to connect the disk to an eSATA port or an internal SATA port.

  3. rmcinnes

    rmcinnes Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you, thank you, thank you; for your instantaneous response.
    You have confirmed my suspicions; what a shame, to die, absolutely, after performing so well for so many years.
    A nice little box, fabulous value, simple to set up and use simultaneously on Mac OS X and Windows.

    Is SystemRescueCD a boot version of Linux, and given that the iMac is Intel based, is there a possibility that will work, or does it need drivers that might be unique to iMac...

    A bit academic really, since I do have a Dell Windows XP based Note book I can run SystemRescueCD on...

  4. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yes, SystemRescueCD is a self-booting Linux CD. I don't expect it to work on a Mac, even if it has an Intel CPU, because the BIOS in a Mac is different.

    As far as I know, there is no way to access an XFS formatted drive under Windows.

  5. Robert Ethier

    Robert Ethier Networkin' Nut Member

    I had the same thing happen to me a while back and had to take the box apart to see what happened. The strips in the back that connected to the original power supply were burnt up at plug into the HDD's. I ended up using two jumpers from a hard wired modular plug and modified power supply as well as two jumper cables for the data lines from an old motherboard. Then added a large pancake fan to the top to better cool the HDD's that were running hot from the terribly small original cooling fan. I took pics and was going to make up an upgrade manual, but the NAS200 didnt become very popular so I dropped the project. Hope this helps.

  6. rmcinnes

    rmcinnes Addicted to LI Member

    Quite a bit has happened since you so kindly responded to my post...
    I have a replacement NAS200 [via eBay], and, after some time evaluating my options, was able to backup the Source HD to a new Apple Time Capsule simply by plugging it into the top slot of the 'replacement' NASA200.
    Today, I have recreating the RAID 1 configuration, hope it all goes well...

    I found a TearDown guide with photos, and was able to take the old NAS200 apart.
    There was nothing obvious, no damage, fire, smoke, etc... My best guess is that the NAS200 got zapped during an electrical storm, which was quite severe according to locals, which prevailed at the time we were out of Town.

    Thanks again for you feedback, so I have a perfectly good looking NAS200 Box, which does nothing.
    Any good for spares for some one, do you think...

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