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Danthon
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March 30, 2010 - 6:16 am
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Hi all;
I have a divx reader with hard disk connected by a wireless network to my PC: while I was renaming some folders the network went down and the folders become files, so now are unreadable.
Now, when I connect the network drive, in the left column I have 8 folders (instead of the 10 that I had before) and two files of 0kb.
Before this problem these two files were two folders containing hundreds of files.
How can I restore them? remember that I don't have a physical access to the drive, only by network.
Thank you

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Chad Johnson
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Without physical access to the drive, I'm afraid you're not going to have much luck. When addressing a drive as a network volume, Windows heavily restricts what you're able to do with it (and this may not be Windows so much as a limitation of the smb protocols).

Does the drive have any kind of administration interface (usually accessible through a browser) or the ability to hook up via USB? If so, your chances for any type of recovery go up dramatically.

Hopefully someone else will have a happier answer for you.

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David Hartsock
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If you're handy it shouldn't be too hard to take the drive out of the device and mount it in a PC. If it is a 2.5" drive you'll need an adapter. Of course, this depends on how bad you want to recover the data.

Mount the drive.
Create a sector based image - to protect the drive structure in case something goes wrong.
Use explorer to explore the drive and see if the files are there - if not use a program like [url=http://www.piriform.com/recuva:3cmrdq76]Recuva[/url:3cmrdq76] to try and recover them.
Replace the drive in the device and see how it works.

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[quote="DavesComputerTips":kurhldr4]If you're handy it shouldn't be too hard to take the drive out of the device and mount it in a PC. If it is a 2.5" drive you'll need an adapter. Of course, this depends on how bad you want to recover the data.

Mount the drive.
Create a sector based image - to protect the drive structure in case something goes wrong.
Use explorer to explore the drive and see if the files are there - if not use a program like [url=http://www.piriform.com/recuva:kurhldr4]Recuva[/url:kurhldr4] to try and recover them.
Replace the drive in the device and see how it works.[/quote:kurhldr4]

Well, yes. But that does require physical access to the drive, which Danthon implied he did not have. Hmm.

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I'm guessing it is a media player serving content from a PC over the network. I could be wrong (there's always a first time ), but if that is the case opening the device is probably the only option if you really want the content.

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