This may sound like a daft question, but are CloudBox's in any way self-repairing?
I was running out of space on my CloudBox and decided to delete a couple of folders by using the Finder in Mac OS X to drag them to the bin. Both these folders had lots of little files and so the operation was going to take more time than I had so I aborted the delete.
Next time that I logged on I realised that the CloudBox was running very slowly, struggling to open folders to show the files inside etc. until a couple of days later it died
I went through many of the same things as others on here, plugged the hard drive into a USB caddy and discovered about the CloudBox's "interesting" file structure and that I couldn't simply copy the data....
Looking at the partitions made me wonder if the first partition was corrupted and, using the LaCie Network Assistant, I managed to "upgrade" the software to the latest version. However this seemed to reset the directory structure even though it seemed to recognise that the "missing" data was taking up space on the disk.
Then one day it started to re-appear! The user folders were in Recovery/Family/Recovery/ but access to them was still very slow and a folder with a lot of entries (1000-ish) just wouldn't show what was inside. Obviously I started copying off data onto a new disk, but it was still very slow.
Finally it looks as if I can see all of the files on the CloudBox, even the folder with a lot of items, but for the moment getting them off the CloudBox is still painfully slow.
So finally my question, does the OS have some way of "automatically" rebuilding the directory, or is it that I've opened the folders in the hope of finding the files and that's prompted the rebuild?