I'm having a pain in the database in that my 4-year old WD WorldBook dual-bay, 2TB NAS enclosue became unavailable to all my computers. Given the RAID 1 configuration, I believe that the problem is the enclosure itself rather than both drives at the same time. I purchased 2 external 3.5 drive enclosures and installed each drive from the NAS enclosure in each new enclosure. This isn't a new procedure in that I can count 8 of the external enclosures around my three computers right here.
Each 3.5 enclosure started fine and when attached to any of my 3 computers, 2 desktops and 1 laptop, the normal beep signifying new hardware sounds but the drives aren't visible via Windows Explorer, Device Manager, DOS, or PowerDesk.
Computer attributes follow.
1 desktop, Win7 Pro, 8 GB memory
1 desktop, XP SP3, 3 GB memory
1 laptop, Win7 Pro, 16GB memory.
All processors are fast enought to support the external drives.
In researching new NAS enclosures, it seems that the ones I was able to find with any installation details would automatically erase all data from any hard drives installed as part of the setup.
I still need to test the newly purchased external 3.5 enclosures via my router or to install the hard drives physicalkly inside one of the desktops. I thought I'd ask if anyone has any suiggestions before leaping into these alternatives.
Right now I'm backing up the other NAS device on my netwoirk so I don't want to do anything on the network until it's done as I've already invested enough time such that I don't want to start over. I'd also need to replace the hard drive into one of the enclosures as I removed both when none of the computers could find them.
Thoughts? Thank you.
Wake Forest, NC