How to recover data from Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 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 RN314

Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 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 RN314.

How to recover data from NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN314

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 known limitations or issues related to specific NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 device models that can lead to data loss?

There have been some reported limitations and issues related to specific Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 device models that can potentially lead to data loss. Here are a few known limitations and issues:

  1. Firmware Bugs: Some users have reported firmware bugs in certain models of the ReadyNAS RN314, which can result in data corruption or loss. It is important to keep the firmware up to date to minimize the risk of encountering such issues.
  2. Drive Compatibility: Certain drive models or configurations may not be fully compatible with the ReadyNAS RN314. In some cases, this can result in data loss or the inability to access data stored on the drives. It is recommended to check the Netgear compatibility list and use supported drives to avoid such issues.
  3. RAID Rebuild Failures: When using RAID configurations, some users have reported issues with the rebuild process after a drive failure. In certain cases, the rebuild process may fail, leading to data loss or corruption. Regular backups are crucial to mitigate the risk of data loss in such scenarios.
  4. Power Supply Failures: There have been reports of power supply failures in specific models of the ReadyNAS RN314. A power supply failure can cause the device to shut down unexpectedly, potentially resulting in data loss if write operations were in progress. Using a reliable backup solution can help recover data in such situations.

It is important to note that these issues may not be common to all Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 models, and the likelihood of encountering them can vary. Regularly updating the firmware, using compatible drives, and maintaining proper backups can help minimize the risk of data loss.

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

Although NAS ReadyNAS RN314 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 RN314. 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 RN314 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 RN314 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 RN314, feel free to leave a comment!
  • Ed Dodgson
    Ed Dodgson 11.09.2023 10:39 #
    Can data recovery from a NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 device be done remotely?
    • Hetman Software
      Hetman Software 11.09.2023 10:59 #

      Yes, data recovery from a NAS Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 device can be done remotely in certain cases. If the device is accessible over the network and you have the necessary credentials and permissions, you may be able to remotely access and recover data from the NAS device. This typically requires a remote desktop or file-sharing connection to the device. However, if the NAS device is physically damaged or experiencing hardware failures, remote data recovery may not be possible, and it may require the assistance of a professional data recovery service.

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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.

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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 network protocols are supported by the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314?

    The Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 supports the following network protocols:

    1. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)
    2. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
    3. CIFS/SMB (Common Internet File System/Server Message Block)
    4. AFP (Apple Filing Protocol)
    5. NFS (Network File System)
    6. FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
    7. TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol)
    8. HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
    9. HTTPS (HTTP Secure)
    10. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
    11. SSH (Secure Shell)
    12. iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface)
    13. Rsync (Remote Sync)
    14. WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning)

    These protocols allow the ReadyNAS RN314 to communicate and share files with various devices and operating systems over a network.

  • How do the network protocols on the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 affect its performance and compatibility with other devices?

    The network protocols on the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 can have a significant impact on its performance and compatibility with other devices. Here are a few key points to consider:

    1. Performance: Different network protocols have varying levels of efficiency and overhead, which can affect the overall performance of the NAS. For example, protocols like SMB (Server Message Block) and NFS (Network File System) are commonly used for file sharing and can provide good performance in local network environments. On the other hand, protocols like FTP (File Transfer Protocol) may have higher latency and lower throughput due to the nature of their design. Therefore, choosing the appropriate protocol based on your specific needs and network environment is crucial for optimizing performance.
    2. Compatibility: The compatibility of the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 with other devices depends on the protocols supported by both the NAS and the connected devices. The RN314 supports various network protocols such as SMB, NFS, FTP, HTTP, and more. Most modern devices are compatible with common protocols like SMB and NFS, ensuring seamless file sharing and access across different platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux). However, some older or specialized devices may only support specific protocols, so it's important to ensure compatibility between the NAS and the devices you intend to connect to it.
    3. Additional Features: Different network protocols may also offer additional features or security options that can impact performance and compatibility. For instance, SMB supports features like encryption, access control, and file locking, which can enhance security but may also introduce some overhead. Similarly, protocols like FTP may require additional configuration for secure file transfers, such as using FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS) or SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). These additional features can affect performance and compatibility based on the capabilities and requirements of the connected devices.

    In summary, selecting the appropriate network protocol on the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 is essential for optimizing performance and ensuring compatibility with other devices. Factors such as performance requirements, device compatibility, and desired security features should be considered when choosing the right protocol for your specific use case.

  • Can the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 be accessed and managed remotely using different network protocols?

    Yes, the Netgear ReadyNAS RN314 can be accessed and managed remotely using different network protocols. It supports various protocols such as FTP, SFTP, SSH, HTTP, HTTPS, and SNMP for remote access and management. These protocols allow users to access and manage the ReadyNAS from different devices and locations over the internet.

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