How to Reset a NETGEAR ReadyNAS

Updated July 19, 2017

The Netgear ReadyNAS is a networked mass storage device with the capability to hold several internal hard drives. Using a system called RAID, the ReadyNAS protects the data stored on its hard drives with data redundancy so that the loss of any individual hard drive in the device does not result in data loss. The ReadyNAS has a recessed reset button on the back that you can use to reinstall the device's firmware or return it to its original factory settings. If you experience a problem with your ReadyNAS, use the reset button as a troubleshooting tool.

Push the power button on the front of the unit. The ReadyNAS turns off.

Push a paper clip into the small hole on the back of the ReadyNAS to hold the reset button down.

Push the power button while continuing to hold the reset button.

Remove the paper clip from the hole when the lights on the front of the ReadyNAS flash. When the Status light on the front of the ReadyNAS turns green, the device is ready to use.

Turn the ReadyNAS off and hold the reset button in with a paper clip.

Push the power button to turn the unit back on. Continue holding the reset button for at least 30 seconds while waiting for the lights on the front of the unit to turn on twice.

Remove the paper clip from the hole after the lights on the front of the unit turn on a second time. When the ReadyNAS Status light turns green, the device is ready to use.


Resetting a ReadyNAS to its original factory state is destructive, meaning that all of the data stored on the disks is lost. Perform a ReadyNAS factory reset only when all other troubleshooting steps have failed to resolve a problem and after backing the data up to another storage device if possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper clip (extended)
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