One of the most common problems with new NAS devices is the inability to locate the SAS data volume that contains the operating system. This often occurs when the file system on the drive is very fragmented volume information cannot be located. To address this issue, there are three useful options that can be used in order to locate a SATA data volume.
The first is to use the NTFS Erase Image feature that is part of the System Restore functionality of Windows Vista. In this case, the NTFS metadata (field containing partition GUID) is erased from the drive and all traces of the volume, including those on the volume's volume header and FAT32 or NTFS volumes can be removed.
If the file system cannot be recovered, it is possible to access a recovery partition for the drive's partition table. This recovery partition can then be extracted, and the volume label located in the newly extracted partition should be examined in order to determine which partition the partition is in. Once identified, the recovered volume must be formatted and reformatted so that it can be found by NTFS.
The second way to locate a SATA data volume is to use the NVMe NVFlash driver that is integrated into most NICs. This driver can be used to write the volume's volume label to the device. This is the fastest and most reliable method, but it can also be more complicated.
In most cases, it is necessary to determine whether the drive is capable of having a NVFlash driver. NVFlash drivers can be identified by looking at the device tree (DDI) of the drive.
There are two components of a NVFlash driver - the NVFlash Shared Library, and the NVFlash Shared Resource. When the drive is capable of having a NVFlash driver, it will display an icon next to the CD/DVD icon on the desktop. A NVFlash driver must be installed in order to be properly recognized and used.
If the drive does not support NVFlash, it is possible to insert a blank flash disk and use the device's boot sector to create a Flash-bootable ISO image. Once this is done, the drive can be formatted using a Windows-based drive partitioner.
The third option for locating a SATA SSD is to use a software utility that is capable of performing a "Flash-format" of the drive. This is typically a utility called "Slicer" from the "Utilities" component of the "After formatting, it is also possible to perform a "Flash-format" again, and once again it is most likely that the SATA USB flash drives will be able to boot off of it. All of the partitions on the SSD will appear in the drives menu, and the bootloader can be selected using the "Bootloader Selection" button.
It is also possible to locate a SATA SSD by using an external SATA USB drive that is attached to the computer via a USB connector. The drive is capable of providing the same level of functionality as the flash-formatted drive.
The only difference is that the flash drive cannot be formatted while the drive is being accessed. In the case of a "Flash-format", however, the drive can be formatted and reformatted using the same Windows-based drive partition that was used on the drive that was formatted before.
The last option for locating a SATA SSD is to perform a "Flash-format" on the drive itself. In some cases, the USB flash drive can be formatted first, and then the SATA port is inserted.