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Your Seagate WSS NAS features a flash drive on its motherboard. The flash drive has a dedicated recovery that installs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials on Disk 1. You can use the Seagate WSS NAS Recovery to:
Disk 1 is the hard drive in the far left hard drive bay.
When booting the WSS NAS in recovery mode, the Seagate WSS NAS Recovery automatically checks Disk 1 for the operating system partition. Review the table below for recovery behavior following the search for the operating system.
|Operating system partition||Recovery action|
|Found||The partition is reformatted and a new version of the operating system is installed on the same partition. Data stored on other partitions on Disk 1 is not affected.|
|Not found||Disk 1 is formatted and a new version of the operating system is installed on a dedicated partition. If applicable, data stored on other partitions on Disk 1 is erased.|
The Seagate WSS NAS Recovery installs a new version of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials on Disk 1. It is designed to leave the remaining hard drives untouched. However, to guarantee that data stored on the NAS is preserved, Seagate recommends that you back up the NAS's volumes before moving forward with the recovery.
Following the backup (if applicable), use the operating system to power off the NAS. If you cannot access the operating system, apply a short push to the power button.
The Seagate WSS NAS Recovery is enabled by simultaneously pushing the recovery and power buttons. The recovery button is located on the back of the NAS within a small recessed niche. To push the recovery button, you will need a thin pointed object such as a paperclip or a small screwdriver. See System Overview to review an illustration of recovery button.
Review the options presented by the Seagate Setup Assistant. To better manage your WSS NAS, make certain to follow the instructions to install the Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials dashboard.