How to recreate an NSM5200/EE500 Array


The steps detailed in the resolution of this article may result in a loss of critical data if not performed properly. Before beginning these steps, make sure all important data is backed up in the event of data loss. If you are unsure, please contact Product Support Services prior to attempting the procedure below.


The resolution of this article has many complex steps that may result in unforeseen results if not performed correctly. If you are at all unfamiliar with the requirements, please contact Product Support Services for assistance.


The array is not functioning properly due to corruption and/or multiple failed drives. All other troubleshooting has been exhausted.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


Endura NSM5200 all versions

Endura EE500 all versions


Corruption in the array or multiple failed hard drives.


**WARNING** - This will permanently erase all video on an NSM/EE500 and as such it is only to be used as a last resort when all other troubleshooting has been exhausted.

  1. Launch Endura Utilities, log in and press the Search button.
    *Note: Endura Utilities versions 2.2 and lower login credentials are [Username: Administrator | Password: configapp].
    *Note: Endura Utilities versions 2.3 and greater authenticate using standard Endura Credentials, [Default = Username: admin | Password: admin]
  2. Locate the correct NSM/EE500
  3. Right click on the NSM/EE500 and choose SSH Into
    *NOTE: [Username: root | Password: pel2899100]
  4. Type service pald stop then press Enter
  5. Type service pal3d stop then press Enter
  6. Type service nsxd stop then press Enter

  7. Type /root/.DONOTRUN/unmount_all then press Enter
  8. Type /root/.DONOTRUN/destroyUnit then press Enter

  9. Type reboot then press Enter.    note: Unit will automatically recreate array assuming no hardware issues, such as a bad drive or communication problems with a failing drive.
  10. When the NSM/EE500 comes back up type tw_cli then press Enter

  11. Type info then press Enter.  Take note of the Ctl #
  12. Type info cX then press Enter, where X is the Ctl # (example: info c1)
  13. Examine the output to verify all drives are OK and in a non-degraded status, and check to see that Unit "u0" "Status" column shows INITIALIZING with a % complete (typically 0% or 1% for quite some time)

From Endura Utilities:

  1. Verify that the system starts up properly and is Online, Synced, and Registered.

From WS5200 Software

  1. Verify that video is recording and that there is playback.
  2. After the array initialization reaches 100%, the RAID-6 status will change back to "OK" (This can take 6-16 hours depending on the size of the array).