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How to Reboot ReadyNAS NV

Updated April 17, 2017

When you use a network-attached-storage (NAS) appliance like the Netgear ReadyNAS NV, you will occasionally need to reboot the unit. The ReadyNAS may not be responding on your home or work network, or you may have made changes to the configuration of the ReadyNAS that require a reboot. Following the proper reboot steps will help you avoid data loss or corruption. There are two ways to reboot the ReadyNAS NV.

Open the Frontview Web application, which was installed during the initial set-up and configuration of your ReadyNAS appliance. Click "System," then "Shutdown." Click the "Shutdown and Reboot Device" radio button. If you're rebooting because you're having a problem with the ReadyNAS, check the "Perform Volume Scan on Next Boot" check-box and the "Check and Fix Quotas on Next Boot" check-box. Checking either box will add time for your ReadyNAS to completely reboot. If you're having an issue with the file system on your ReadyNAS, the extra time used to check the volumes and quotas on the appliance may solve the problem.

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the screen. The ReadyNAS begins its shutdown sequence. If the ReadyNAS is exchanging data over the network, it won't reboot until the data is safely written to the ReadyNAS or to a computer on the network. When it can safely reboot, the ReadyNAS shuts down and restarts. If it's checking volumes and quotas, the ReadyNAS may not be available for use for up to two hours.

Press and hold the "Power" button on the front of the ReadyNAS for five seconds if it's not responding to a network command to reboot from the Frontview application. Press the "Power" button when the ReadyNAS shuts down to restart the appliance. Bypassing the internal shutdown sequence of the ReadyNAS by forcing it to turn off is called a hard reboot and is only recommended if your ReadyNAS is completely unresponsive to network commands.

Tip

If you do a hard reboot on your ReadyNAS, you should immediately perform a reboot through Frontview and select "volume scan" and "check/fix quotas" in the "Shutdown" options. The device will check and fix any file system problems that might have occurred due to the hard reboot.

Warning

If you must do a hard reboot, watch the "Activity LED" on the front of the unit and only reboot when the LED is not blinking. The "Activity LED" indicates disk activity and you increase your risk of data loss or corruption when the light is blinking. If your operating system is corrupted, you may lose some or all of your stored data.

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