Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Book Live NAS compared with a Synology NAS

Since my accident I have been using a Synology NAS. Here is my opinion on strengths and weaknesses of the two NAS devices.

My Book Live strength:
  • Stylish
  • Few simple easy-to-use features out of the box
  • Simple web interface
  • Easy to "hack" - installing non-out-of-the-box software

Synology strength: 
  • High nerd-factor
  • Many features out of the box
  • Has multiple USB ports
  • Advanced web interface

Sunday, August 18, 2013

No no no no... My My Book Live got bricked - dead - crashed - unresponsive... Can I recover my data?

Yesterday I was - again - changing my home network. I was changing a cheap wifi router into a dd-wrt client repeater. Then suddenly I was unable access my precious NAS. I guessed that it has something to do with the network changes - possible my local DNS server. However after several hours it was clear to me that my My Book Live was broken. I have tried everything. Resetting the device. Changing my DHCP server. Tried a lot... Then i started thinking if I have backup of all my data... I have all my family pictures. All my music. Lots of documents. I guess that the last time I did a backup was about 6 month ago. Not good.

Here's what I did to recover my data. First I removed the harddisk:


The I used my universal harddisk/USB kit:


And I was happy to see that the drive was detected on my Windows box. Then I downloaded the free DiskInternals Linux Reader. This small tool works perfectly. I was then able to copy all my data to another disk. I was very happy to recover all my data. I can strongly recommend this tool.

Right now I am using an old Synology NAS - however I would have my stylish fanless NAS back... Hmmm...