How do I access the boot menu on my NETGEAR ReadyNAS 422, 424, or 524X ?
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Use the boot menu to restart or troubleshoot your ReadyNAS storage system. Your storage system has the following boot modes:

  • < >. Initiates a normal boot process, just like booting using the Power button.

    Factory default. Initiates a short disk test that takes approximately 2 minutes. After the disk test, a 10-minute time-out period begins.

    • < > The factory default reboot process resets the storage system to factory settings, erases all data, resets all defaults, and reformats the disk to X-RAID2.

      If you want to cancel the factory default process, power off the storage system before the 10-minute time-out ends. The system powers down safely without causing any data loss.

    • If you want to reset the system to factory default settings, do not power off your system. After the 10-minute time-out period, the factory default process begins.

      Tip: To start the factory default process immediately, press the OK button during the 10-minute time-out period.

  • OS reinstall. Reinstalls the firmware from the internal flash to the disks. Use the OS reinstall boot mode when the system crashes and corrupts some configuration files. OS reinstall boot mode also resets some settings on your storage system, such as Internet protocol settings and the administrator password, to defaults.

  • Tech support. Boots into a low-level diagnostic mode. Use the tech support boot mode only when a NETGEAR technical support representative instructs you to do so.

  • Volume read only. Mounts a volume as read-only. Use this option when you are attempting to rescue data off a disk during a disaster recovery.

  • Memory test.Performs a memory test. The pass or fail result is reported on the status display screen.

  • Disk Test. Performs an offline full disk test. This process can take four hours or more, depending on the size of your disks. Any problems are reported in the system logs.


    To access the boot menu:

  1. Power off your storage system.
  2. Using a straightened paper clip, press and hold the Reset button.


  1. Press the Power button. The system powers on.
  2. Continue to press the Reset button until the status display screen shows a boot menu message.
  3. Release the Reset button.
  4. Press the Up or Down buttons on the front panel to scroll through boot mode options.The status display screen shows the current boot mode option.
  5. When the status display screen shows the boot mode that you need, press the OK button on the front panel (small round button in the middle) to confirm your boot menu selection.

The system boots in the selected boot mode.



    Published on: 9/20/2017 11:01:11 AM   |  Last updated: 9/20/2017 11:01:25 AM  

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