How to recover data from Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 NAS

Is your network drive gone, and you are wondering what to do? Has a RAID system crashed, and your files are no longer accessible? Does your device display an error while booting? Have you accidentally rebuilt your RAID system? Are several hard disks out of order?

How to recover data from NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214

Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 NAS Data Recovery in 2024

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to rebuild your RAID and recover data from ReadyNAS RN214.

How to recover data from NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214

Recover data from damaged RAID arrays inaccessible from a computer.

Why can’t ordinary software tools restore files from RAID?

Conventional hard disks keep user’s data by writing it to their surface in a consecutive way, and this is how an entire file is stored on a single hard disk. However, when data is written to a RAID system, a file is divided into several parts. Then these parts are written consecutively to all hard disks within such array. The size of such parts may range from 2 KB to 2 MB, so each file is stored on several hard disks at the same time.

Such approach helps to speed up read and write operations, and it is evident that saving two parts of a file having the size of 1 GB to two hard disks simultaneously is much faster than saving the same 1 GB of data to one hard disk. However, this peculiarity makes file recovery more complicated.

Various RAID levels store information in different ways. Additionally, manufacturers like Netgear also introduce some modifications to this process, and that is why data can be written to hard disk in a wide variety of ways.

Are there any preventive measures to minimize the risk of data loss on NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 devices?

Yes, there are several preventive measures you can take to minimize the risk of data loss on NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 devices:

  1. Regular backups: Implement a regular backup schedule to ensure that your data is backed up to another location or device. This can be done using built-in backup features of the ReadyNAS or using third-party backup software.
  2. RAID configuration: Configure your ReadyNAS with a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) setup. RAID provides data redundancy by distributing data across multiple drives, so if one drive fails, the data can still be accessed from the remaining drives.
  3. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): Connect your ReadyNAS to a UPS to protect it from power surges, outages, and other electrical issues. Sudden power loss can lead to data corruption or loss.
  4. Regular firmware updates: Keep your ReadyNAS firmware up to date. Firmware updates often include bug fixes, security patches, and improvements that can help prevent data loss.
  5. Implement user access controls: Limit access to your ReadyNAS by implementing strong user access controls. Only grant necessary permissions to users to minimize the risk of accidental or intentional data deletion.
  6. Regular monitoring: Monitor the health and performance of your ReadyNAS regularly. Use the built-in monitoring tools or third-party software to keep an eye on the system's status, disk health, and overall performance.
  7. Use quality hard drives: Choose high-quality hard drives for your ReadyNAS, preferably those designed for NAS use. Lower-quality drives may have a higher chance of failure, leading to data loss.
  8. Implement network security measures: Protect your ReadyNAS from unauthorized access by implementing strong network security measures. This includes using strong passwords, enabling firewall settings, and keeping your network infrastructure secure.

By following these preventive measures, you can significantly minimize the risk of data loss on your NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 device.

How to take hard disks out of the NAS and connect them to a PC?

Although NAS ReadyNAS RN214 can be accessed over the network, you still need to take the hard disks out of the storage device and connect them to a Windows computer. Only in this case will the software be able to scan them properly. Here is what you should do:

  1. Turn off the storage and disconnect it from the power supply.

    WARNING! Before you start taking hard disks out of your NAS device, read the manual carefully. Incorrect actions may damage your network-attached storage and/or the hard disks within the RAID system.

  2. Take the hard disks out of the NAS one by one, carefully removing them from their slots. Remember that the disks are extremely vulnerable: hitting or dropping them may result in serious physical damage.

  3. Make sure to mark each hard disk in accordance with how they were installed inside the NAS.

  4. Remove the hard disks and connect them to the computer. In this video, we have explored what ports are used to connect hard disks, and what to do if there are not enough ports or connectors.

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Restoring data with Hetman RAID Recovery

Hetman Raid Recovery

This program recovers data from damaged RAID arrays and is fully compatible with Netgear ReadyNAS RN214. The hard disks that make up the RAID contain technical information about the algorithm used to save files. When launched, Hetman RAID Recovery reads this information and puts the damaged array together. Then you can open the disk and save your files. Also, you can recover the files accidentally deleted from the network drive.

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ReadyNAS RN214 has 4 HDD slots, and it supports the following array types:

  • RAID 0;
  • X-RAID;
  • RAID 1;
  • RAID 5;
  • RAID 6;
  • JBOD;

NAS supports:

  • Ext2;
  • Ext3;
  • Ext4;
  • Btrfs;

Safe recovery from disk images

This utility lets you save an entire copy of the disk to file and then work with this image instead of the actual disk. Such feature helps to protect data on the disk from:

  • Overwriting during the recovery process;
  • Loss resulting from bad sectors;
  • User mistakes.

To create an image, do the following:

  1. Make sure that you have enough free space to save the image. The image file size usually equals the disk size.

  2. Select the disk in the main window, and choose from the menu ToolsSave Disk. You can select multiple disks to be saved.

  3. When the image creation wizard starts, you can choose to save the entire disk or select only a part of it. Specify the parameters and click Next.

    Hetman Raid Recovery: Image Creation Wizard
  4. At this stage, you need to choose a directory where to save the image. Choose any disk connected to this PC, or save the image by FTP.

    Hetman Raid Recovery: hoose any disk connected to this PC, or save the image by FTP

Where are user’s files stored?

The Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 network-attached storage keeps OS Linux operating system files on a separate RAID 1 (mirrored) array. Usually, all NAS systems create several volumes on every hard disk, and the first of them takes up to 2 Gb of space. This is where operating system files are stored. Other volumes are united into a RAID array where user’s data is written.

Comparison of software for RAID recovery

Product Operating system License type RAID controller support Supported file systems Virtual RAID controller support Data recovery from damaged RAID File preview
Hetman RAID Recovery Windows Paid Yes, over 100 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ Yes Yes Yes
DiskInternals RAID Recovery Windows Paid Yes, over 100 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ No Yes Yes
R-Studio Windows, Mac, Linux Paid Yes, over 200 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ Yes Yes Yes
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery Windows, Mac, Linux Paid Yes, over 1,000 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ Yes Yes Yes
EaseUS Data Recovery Windows Paid Yes, over 20 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ No Yes Yes
ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery Windows Free Yes, over 100 controllers FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, HFS+ Yes Yes Yes


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Comments (3)

  • Hetman Software: Data Recovery
    Hetman Software: Data Recovery 9.08.2022 12:31 #
    If you want to ask a question about data recovery, from NAS ReadyNAS RN214, feel free to leave a comment!
  • Gunnar Chaloner
    Gunnar Chaloner 11.09.2023 07:41 #
    Is it possible to recover data from a NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 device that has been affected by a network attack or intrusion?
    • Hetman Software
      Hetman Software 11.09.2023 08:59 #

      Recovering data from a NAS device that has been affected by a network attack or intrusion is possible, but it depends on the extent of the attack and the measures taken to protect the data. Here are some steps you can take to recover the data:

      1. Disconnect the affected NAS device from the network: This will prevent further damage or data loss.
      2. Assess the extent of the attack: Determine the type of attack and the potential damage caused. Consult with a professional or your IT department to understand the situation better.
      3. Restore from backups: If you have regular backups of your data stored on the NAS device, restore the data from the most recent backup. This will help recover the data to a point before the attack occurred.
      4. Seek professional help: If you don't have backups or if the backups are also compromised, it is advisable to contact a professional data recovery service. They have specialized tools and expertise to recover data from compromised systems.
      5. Strengthen security: After recovering the data, it is crucial to investigate the cause of the attack and take appropriate measures to prevent future intrusions. This may include updating firmware, implementing stronger security measures, and regularly monitoring the network for any suspicious activities.

      Remember, prevention is better than cure. It is essential to have proper security measures in place, such as firewalls, antivirus software, and regular backups, to minimize the risk of network attacks and data loss.

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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What are the operating systems that are compatible with the NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214?

    The NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 is compatible with the following operating systems:

    1. Windows (Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, and 2019)
    2. Mac OS X (10.11 or higher)
    3. Linux and Unix-based systems
    4. iOS and Android mobile devices (using the ReadyNAS app)

    These operating systems can access and interact with the NAS device to manage files, access data, and perform various network storage functions.

  • Can the NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 be used with Windows operating systems?

    Yes, the Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 can be used with Windows operating systems. It supports Windows 7, 8, and 10, as well as Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2016.

  • Are there any specific requirements or limitations for operating systems when using the NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN214?

    Yes, the Netgear ReadyNAS RN214 has specific requirements and limitations for operating systems.

    The supported operating systems for accessing the ReadyNAS RN214 are:

    1. Windows 7, 8, and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    2. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
    3. Linux and Unix-based systems with Samba support

    Additionally, the ReadyNAS RN214 supports various network protocols such as CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, and WebDAV, allowing it to be accessed by different operating systems.

    It's important to note that the ReadyNAS RN214 does not support all features on every operating system. For example, some advanced features like ReadyDR (disaster recovery) and ReadyNAS Replicate are limited to certain operating systems.

    Before purchasing or using the ReadyNAS RN214, it is recommended to check the Netgear website or user manual for the most up-to-date information on supported operating systems and their limitations.

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