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Network Hard Drive


Topgun Pilot
Feb 18, 2004
I have a problem with my network hard drive. Basically It's stopped working and I can't see it on my computer. The ethernet port lights are on and working, suggesting data is being transferred, but there is clearly an issue. The drive is connected via a switch rather than straight into the router.

I therefore need two bits of help. Firstly, does anyone have any idea how to fix it? And secondly, failing that I will need to buy a new one (and get all the data transferred). Does anyone have any suggestions of make and model?

The current NAS is a WD My Book Live.

Ideally I would like to transfer the data onto the new drive myself (should I not be able to fix it), but don't want to buy a whole load of stuff to dismantle the drive and connect it to the computer. The best solution would be to connect the old drive (in tact) via an ethernet cable, but it isn't that simple so if anyone knows how to do that, and can give step by step instructions of how to, including setting up the IP Addresses that would also be very useful.