Message from discussion NAS: one box goes kaput; can same disks go on new one, NO REFORMATTINIG?
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From: "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilber...@comcast.net>
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Subject: Re: NAS: one box goes kaput; can same disks go on new one, NO REFORMATTINIG?
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On 9/21/2012 1:47 AM, Michael wrote:
> On 09/19/12 11:59 PM, Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> On 9/18/2012 10:38 PM, David Combs wrote:
>>> Now, suppose I buy an new NAS box.
>>> The one that quit on me: it has two disks in it (mirrored),
>>> and a bunch of data on it (them).
>>> QUESTION: I get the new box, and slide in the same two
>>> disks -- already formatted, etc, tar files etc now
>>> on them.
>>> Can I do that, without having the new box REFORMAT
>>> the drives (and wipe all that data)?
>>> When I was reading the one and two stars Amazon reviews
>>> of various NAS boxes, many of those low reviews
>>> complained bitterely about the *software* they came
>>> So maybe my question would get different answers depending
>>> on the manufacturer?
>> Formatting is one of those things that you do once with a
>> new disk. You shouldn't need to reformat unless you want to
>> "wipe" the disk. Don't rely on FORMAT to "wipe" the disk
>> for security reasons. See "DOD ERASE".
> Please separate formatting(low level) from making a filesystem(mkfs)!
> The latter is nothing wrong with.
I don't believe that I mentioned mkfs at all, nor did I intended to do so!
>> DON'T even think of doing this until you have made a backup
>> that you KNOW that you can restore if necessary. Somehow
>> there is always some little bit of treasure on that disk!
>> If you are told to "scrub that disk clean", get it in
>> writing! Put your copy of that order in your safe deposit
>> box! You might just need that copy some day!