As with most Network Attached Storage devices, many Buffalo NAS external hard drives are configured to run RAID setups, often RAID 0 or RAID 1 for 2 disk systems, or RAID 5 for the larger Buffalo NAS devices. RAID is a complex method of storing data, and works well, but when it goes wrong a quality RAID data recovery company must be used to ensure the data is rescued from the server with the minimum amount of data loss. Inceidentally, click the following link to Data Clinic's NAS data recovery page and this link to their Buffalo NAS data recovery page. Employing RAID means each file written is split into sections and written to the NAS across the number of disks it contains. So, for example if you have a Buffalo TeraStation or LinkStation NAS containing 4 hard drives, each file will be split and written across all four drives rather than just a single drive. This has many advantages such as fast data transfer speeds but it does mean that if the NAS develops a problem and crashes, the only way to recover the data from it is to repair the Buffalo NAS and piece the files and folders back together by recovering the data from all 4 hard drives.
Because of this fact it’s good practice to avoid any DIY data recovery and repair attempts from any Buffalo NAS device: this includes taking it to a high street shop such as PC World or using a friend who knows about IT. Data Clinic have many years experience in repairing and recovering the lost data from all types of Buffalo NAS system and are often able to guarantee that we will be able to recover the data successfully from the system.
Example Buffalo NAS Faults & Failures
Buffalo NAS equipment can break in any number of ways. Before the data can be recovered from the failed NAS, it necessary to repair it to obtain access to the data which can then be recovered. Common Buffalo NAS faults and data loss situations include:
- File or folder Deletion, whether accidental or not.
- Degradation leading to failure of one or more of the hard drives in the NAS
- Head crashes on the drive(s)
- Virus or Malware infects the device leading to data loss
- Hard Drive(s) clicks indicating mechanical fault(s)
- Blue Screen of Death
- Physical Damage can always be an issue, whether it gets knocked, dropped, or something more severe like damage from fire and/or flood
- Corruption of software leading to you not being able to access your files.
Types of Buffalo NAS
There are 3 main types of Buffalo NAS available and Data Clinic are able to recover data from all of these:
Small Office / Home Office
This category contains all of the LinkStation devices, including the LinkStation Pro and LinkStation 400.
- The standard LinkStation can have a capacity anywhere between 1 – 6 TB, it houses one or two drives and has 64 MB DDR2 RAM. The possible data transfer is 41.5MB/s.
- The LinkStation Pro has a potential storage space of between 2 and 12 TB. This 4 Drive NAS has 256 MB DDR3 RAM and is designed for homes/small offices.
- The final NAS in this series is the LinkStation 400; a 2 disk device with a capacity ranging between 2 and 8 TB, this 512 MB DDR3 system has a fastest possible read/write speed of 100MB/S.
Professional and Business Class
The TeraStation is the brand name for this type of user; there are four options available under this category:
- TeraStation – this is the base option for TeraStations, Capacity = 2 – 16 TB as 2 or 4 hard drive bays. Also, this NAS device features 512 MB RAM.
- TeraStation 3000 – Capacity = 4 – 16 TB and only comes as a 4 bay system. This system has 1 GB DDR3 RAM and is the first of the range to have the option of 5 CCTV cameras connected to it.
- TeraStation 5000 – Capacity = 2 – 32 TB. This system comes in either a 2, 4, 6 or 8 disk configuration depending on the capacity you choose. This device has a possible solution of 10 cameras set up as video surveillance management. This system also features a 2.13 GHz Dual core Intel Atom processor, accompanied with 2 GB DDR3 Memory.
- TeraStation 7000 is the top of the range for TeraStations; it has a possible capacity of 8 – 48TB as either 4 or 12 bay systems. It also features a grand Intel Xeon (quad core) that can run at speeds up to 3.4 GHz
Windows Storage Server
In this final category, there are two main devices, the TeraStation Pro WSS and the TeraStation 5000 WSS.
- The TeraStation Pro WSS is a 2 – 12 TB system with a 2, 4 or 6 disk configuration and a copy of Windows Storage Server 2008 installed.
- The TeraStation Pro 5000 WSS is a 4 – 24 TB system with a 2, 4 or 6 disk configuration and a copy of Windows Storage Server 2012 installed.