A quick step by step guide for sorting out an issue which lots of people seem to have with the Netgear ReadyNAs drives – the main problem being that you turn the ReadyNAs drive on all ready to start sharing files amongst all your networked devices only to find that after installing the RAIDar software that the drives report “Corrupt Root“(pic below) and the set up button is greyed out / inactive. The main problem seems to be the way drives are formatted, believe the ReadyNAS uses it’s own file system and when a drive is inserted, it wants to try and create this file structure on the disks but is unable to if they are already formatted under windows say. This guide is for the ReadyNAS Duo v2(purchased without disks) so not sure wether it’s the same for the previous versions but may help someone….
Step 1 – Ensure any hard drives you want to use are on the compatibility list from Netgear found here
Step 2 – If the drive has been used previously in a windows enviroment then you’ll need to clear any partitions / data from them. Do this by connecting up to a Windows PC and then right click on “My Computer” and select “Manage” then goto “Disk Management” find the correct drive(Careful here!) and right click and “delete volume” That’s it! this is the bit people are not doing and believe is causing the “Corrupt Root” error.
Step 3 – Place hard drive into ReadyNas slot and start it up (Do not put drive into the nas powered up). Open the Raidar application and it will after a few minutes say “Testing Disks” then shortly after that the “Setup” button will become active ready to set your NAS drive
Hopefully this will prevent some people from returning as faulty or hours of searching the net for the answer.
Good luck all and leave a comment if it helped you out, please also link back to this guide to help others, many thanks !