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.UPDATE
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).
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:
This happens even when I try to change the time in the settings from the NAS Starter Utility.The NAS is not responding. Please check on it
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)