|That NAS uses the ext4 format for its disks, which is why your Windows computer doesn't recognize it. You either need to use a Linux distribution to read this disk or (easier) install some Windows software. Have a look at the following article which describes three ways of doing this: http://www.howtogeek.com/112888/3-w...|
But I don't want to raise your hopes too high. I guess by "the drive is fine" you mean it is still spinning (as you can't access it, what else do you base that assessment on?). That doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't damaged.
BTW, at the young age of 62 all this should be well within your capabilities - I'm a good few years older than that! Good luck. And I hope you weren't too hard on the dog - remember Isaac Newton's "O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the mischief thou hast done."
message edited by ijack