How to recover data from WD My Book AV-TV 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 WD My Book AV-TV

WD My Book AV-TV NAS Data Recovery in 2024

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to rebuild your RAID and recover data from My Book AV-TV.

How to recover data from NAS WD My Book AV-TV

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 WD also introduce some modifications to this process, and that is why data can be written to hard disk in a wide variety of ways.

How can a NAS WD My Book AV-TV device's cache settings impact data loss risks?

The cache settings on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device like the WD My Book AV-TV can impact data loss risks in a few ways:

  1. Write cache: The write cache is a temporary storage area where data is held before being written to the actual storage medium (hard drive or SSD). If the write cache is enabled and data loss occurs (such as power outage or system failure), any data in the cache that hasn't been written to the storage medium may be lost. Disabling or reducing the size of the write cache can minimize this risk by ensuring data is immediately written to the storage medium.
  2. Read cache: The read cache stores frequently accessed data to improve read performance. While read cache doesn't directly impact data loss risks, it can affect data integrity. If the read cache becomes corrupted or inconsistent, it may lead to data errors or loss. Regularly monitoring and maintaining the read cache can help mitigate this risk.
  3. RAID cache: If the NAS device is configured with RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) for data redundancy and performance, it may have a RAID cache. The RAID cache improves write performance by temporarily storing data before it's written to the RAID array. However, if a power outage or system failure occurs before the data is written to the disks, it can result in data loss. Properly configuring and managing the RAID cache, such as enabling battery backup for the cache, can reduce the risk of data loss.

In summary, the cache settings on a NAS device can impact data loss risks by affecting the immediate storage of data (write cache), data integrity (read cache), and the reliability of data protection mechanisms like RAID. Configuring and managing these cache settings appropriately can help mitigate the risks and improve data safety.

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

Although NAS My Book AV-TV 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.

    Go to view
    How to Order Remote Data Recovery

    How to Order Remote Data Recovery

Restoring data with Hetman RAID Recovery

Hetman Raid Recovery

This program recovers data from damaged RAID arrays and is fully compatible with WD My Book AV-TV. 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.

Go to view
How to recover data from a WD

How to recover data from a WD

My Book AV-TV has 1 HDD slots, and it supports the following array types:

  • None;

NAS supports:

  • Ext2;
  • Ext3;
  • Ext4;

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 WD My Book AV-TV 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


We will be happy to answer your questions!

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 My Book AV-TV, feel free to leave a comment!
  • Trevor McNair-Wilson
    Trevor McNair-Wilson 12.09.2023 06:53 #
    What are the steps involved in data recovery from NAS WD My Book AV-TV?
    • Hetman Software
      Hetman Software 12.09.2023 07:59 #

      The steps involved in data recovery from NAS WD My Book AV-TV are as follows:

      1. Disconnect the WD My Book AV-TV from the network and power it off.
      2. Remove the hard drive(s) from the WD My Book AV-TV enclosure.
      3. Connect the hard drive(s) to a computer using a SATA-to-USB adapter or by installing them directly into the computer.
      4. Use data recovery software such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, Recuva, or Disk Drill to scan the connected hard drive(s) for lost or deleted files.
      5. Select the files you want to recover and choose a location to save the recovered data. It is recommended to choose a different drive or storage device to avoid overwriting any existing data.
      6. Start the data recovery process and wait for the software to recover the selected files. This may take some time depending on the size and condition of the data.
      7. Once the recovery process is complete, check the recovered files to ensure they are intact and accessible.
      8. If the recovered files are satisfactory, you can transfer them to a new storage device or the original WD My Book AV-TV if it is still functional.
      9. If the data recovery process was unsuccessful, it is recommended to consult a professional data recovery service for further assistance.
Post comment
Leave a reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

  • How does the NAS WD My Book AV-TV simplify the process of centralized photo management?

    The NAS WD My Book AV-TV simplifies the process of centralized photo management in several ways:

    1. Easy setup: The NAS (Network Attached Storage) device is designed specifically for AV applications, including photo storage and management. It comes preformatted for AV usage, making it simple to set up and start using right away.
    2. Large storage capacity: The My Book AV-TV offers a large storage capacity, typically ranging from 1TB to 4TB or more. This allows you to store a vast number of photos in one centralized location, eliminating the need for multiple devices or scattered storage options.
    3. Network connectivity: The NAS device connects to your home network, making it accessible to multiple devices and users. This means you can access and manage your photos from various devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, or smart TVs, all connected to the same network.
    4. Automatic backup: The My Book AV-TV can be configured to automatically back up your photos from connected devices. This ensures that your photos are securely stored and protected against data loss or device failure. It simplifies the backup process by eliminating the need for manual copying or transferring of files.
    5. Centralized management: With the NAS device, you can organize and manage your photo collection in one central location. You can create folders, sort photos by date or category, and easily search for specific images. This centralized management simplifies the process of finding and accessing your photos, saving you time and effort.
    6. Remote access: Some NAS devices, including the My Book AV-TV, offer remote access capabilities. This means you can access your stored photos from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether you're traveling or away from home, you can still view, download, or share your photos remotely, further simplifying the management process.

    Overall, the NAS WD My Book AV-TV simplifies centralized photo management by providing easy setup, large storage capacity, network connectivity, automatic backup, centralized management, and remote access capabilities.

  • What are the key features and capabilities of the NAS WD My Book AV-TV that make it suitable for photo management?

    The NAS WD My Book AV-TV is primarily designed for storing and managing multimedia content, including photos. Here are the key features and capabilities that make it suitable for photo management:

    1. Large storage capacity: The My Book AV-TV is available in various storage capacities, ranging from 1TB to 6TB. This ample storage space allows you to store a vast collection of photos without worrying about running out of space.
    2. NAS functionality: The device functions as a Network Attached Storage (NAS), enabling you to access your photo library from multiple devices connected to your home network. This makes it convenient to manage and share your photos across different devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets.
    3. Automatic backup: The My Book AV-TV supports automatic backup functionality. You can set up scheduled backups of your photos, ensuring that your precious memories are always protected and easily recoverable in case of accidental deletion or hardware failure.
    4. Media server capabilities: It acts as a media server, allowing you to stream and view your photos on compatible devices like smart TVs, media players, and gaming consoles. This feature enables you to showcase your photos on a larger screen without the need for transferring them to other devices.
    5. Compatibility with smart TVs: The My Book AV-TV is specifically designed for use with smart TVs, making it easy to connect and integrate it into your home entertainment setup. You can directly access and view your photos on your TV screen, creating a convenient and immersive viewing experience.
    6. High-speed data transfer: The device supports USB 3.0 connectivity, which offers fast data transfer speeds. This ensures quick and efficient transfer of your photo files to and from the My Book AV-TV, saving you time and allowing you to manage your photo library more efficiently.
    7. Reliable and durable design: The My Book AV-TV is built with WD's renowned reliability and durability. It is designed to operate continuously, making it suitable for long-term storage and management of your photo collection.

    Overall, the NAS WD My Book AV-TV provides a combination of ample storage, network accessibility, backup functionality, and media server capabilities, making it a suitable choice for photo management and organization.

  • Can the NAS WD My Book AV-TV be easily integrated with popular photo management software or platforms, such as Adobe Lightroom or Google Photos?

    The WD My Book AV-TV is primarily designed as a storage device for recording and playing back television content. It is not specifically designed for photo management or integration with photo management software.

    However, as the My Book AV-TV is a standard external hard drive, it can be used to store any type of files, including photos. You can manually copy your photos to the My Book AV-TV and access them using any photo management software that supports browsing and organizing files from external storage devices.

    Adobe Lightroom, for example, allows you to import photos from external drives like the My Book AV-TV. You can simply connect the drive to your computer, locate the photos on the drive, and import them into Lightroom for editing and organization.

    Similarly, Google Photos can also access photos stored on external drives. You can connect the My Book AV-TV to your computer, upload the photos to Google Photos using the web interface or the Google Photos Backup and Sync application.

    While the My Book AV-TV may not have direct integration or compatibility with these software or platforms, it can still be used as a storage solution for your photos that can be accessed by these applications.

Hello! This is AI-based Hetman Software virtual assistant, and it will answer any of your questions right away.
Start Chat