btrfs-based NASes and Cloud Servers

Recently, another competitor to brutal NAS devices has come on stage – box-free software implementation of the same techniques and approaches. How it works: you have a disk set which you connect to a PC and then use one of the software platform like Rockstor to combine the disks into a home NAS. Such NAS platforms often use open source solutions to combine disks into a centralized storage, for example Linux and btrfs filesystem.

btrfs is interesting in that it is, as of 2017, still under development. A couple of years ago there was no even RAID5 and RAID6 support in it. Now RAID5/6 support is added although it is still considered experimental and so is not recommended for production use. Nevertheless, such solutions won a love of a certain audience because they allow for a fairly minimal investment to get a home NAS server of impressive capacity.

In case of failure, you typically deal with a set of disks, which for some reason are no longer combined into a single storage. You start troubleshooting your home made NAS, e.g. made by Rockstor, opening support tickets and reading all sorts of thematic forums where you are suggested to use one or other Linux command to fix the thing. The paradox is that every time you apply a particular command you risk losing your data forever because all such solutions directly modify data on your disks.

We, in turn, offer a read-only solution – data recovery software capable of extracting data from the software-made NASes. Our piggy bank includes algorithms for most commonly used in NASes partitioning schemes and filesystems:

  • md-RAID
  • LVM
  • ext 2/3/4
  • XFS
  • UFS
  • btrfs
Data recovery from a BTRFS volume

How to recover data from a home NAS server

The data recovery procedure is pretty straight:

  1. Connect the disks from your home NAS sever to a PC running Windows.
  2. Download, install and run ReclaiMe File Recovery software.
  3. Wait till the software parses partitioning schemes on the NAS disks.
  4. Select your btrfs volume from the list.
  5. Wait till ReclaiMe brings files and folders.
  6. Save the recovered data.
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