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BUFFALO LINKSTATION LIVE

I have been using a Buffalo Linkstation Live, but unfortunately it was dropped onto the floor, and now I cannot seem to start it up. There is a light at the front, and the drive spins around when I plug the Linkstation into a USB port, but there is also a loud clicking sound, and then the drive stops spinning, I then get an error stating that the drive is not available. I took out the disk, and it seems to work alright outside of the Linkstation casing, but not inside it. I can see the partitions plus some folders, but it appears to be encrypted, and the computer won’t read it. I would like to recover the drive, since it was working well for me, and I would also like to have the data. I tried to run it on a few data recovery programs, but although they could see the partitions, there was no data available. The information could be encrypted, I suppose, or it could be that the disk is damaged in some way that I can’t see with the naked eye.

BUFFALO LINKSTATION LIVE

I had a fully working Linkstation Live with 2TB NAS hard drive until about 2 weeks ago, when I upgraded the firmware. I thought there was no problem with that, and started the upgrade. Half-way through, the program asked me for an admin password that I had completely forgotten, and I couldn’t complete the upgrade. I went through all the passwords I could think of, and the program rejected all of them. I then reset the device to the factory settings which was a mistake, but half-way through this, discovered that I had apparently clicked a box on set-up which prevents me restoring passwords to factory settings. I tried to take off the password using online software, without success. I then decided that, as things were so completely screwed up anyway, I might as well open the box. I did that, removed the circuit board, and tried to run the hard drive. I can see 6 local disks, which is not the right number, all RAW, and all of them need to be formatted. I have nearly 800GB of files and folders on the drive, and would like to get it back if possible.