I downloaded an earlier version of the Starter Utility (downgrading FTW!) and behold, it initialized the HDD! The NAS picked up the old name I gave it and it shows up in my network. I still can't access it through the network (or the Starter Utility, same problem "the NAS is not responding etc"), the NAS's media server also shows up, and I can access that but of course with a freshly initialized HDD there's nothing on it, so can't try if it works. It would be odd if that worked since I can't access anything else.
Problem is still there though, no access!
So now it works... It just needed some more time? I don't know... So, to sum up what I did:
- install Nas Starter Utility v2.02 (build-1036)
- NSU will automagically find your NAS and you just have to click through the initialization process
- try to access it through the network, wait, try again, wait (a few hours of waiting is adviced).
My NAS recently stopped working for me, I was using it to store movies etc to watch from my PS3. In the middle of a movie I lost connection, restarted the NAS and it eventually worked. The next time it lost connection (the day after) I never got it to work again.
It doesn't show up in the NAS seeker. I replaced the harddrive with another one, and now it finds it with no problem using the seeker, but when I try to initialize it I get this error:
The NAS is not responding. Please check on it
This happens even when I try to change the time in the settings from the NAS Starter Utility.
So, apparently the NAS is there, it just doesn't feel like saying "Hi!" anymore. I found this article how you force flash the firmware, but it's for the 300-series or something. I wanted to try it just in case but absolutely nothing happens (the green light saying a USB is connected lights up, but that's it).
I spoke with ZyXEL support via chat, and I think I just got a hold of a troll because it was incredibly unhelpful. In the end it got bored of me and said "it's probably broken". But I don't want to accept that! It can't just "break". It knows when a HDD isn't present, it can tell the difference between a bad HDD and a good HDD (even though none currently work with it) so I'm still hoping something can be done.
I want to upgrade the firmware (current is "V3.21(AFD.0)". It's apparently really old, and maybe a newer firmware would fix things. How the fudge do I do that when I can't get into the NAS? Isn't there a USB-flash alternative as with the 300-series? (link BTW: http://zyxel.nas-central.org/wiki/Flashing_firmware