How to reset ASUSTOR NAS with ADM 4.0

ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 4 Pro (AS3304T) (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

There are two ways to reset your ASUSTOR NAS running ADM 4.0, including a soft and hard software reset. The soft reset will only change your account and network settings while the hard reset will wipe all the drives, allowing you to start fresh much like Windows 11.

How to reset your ASUSTOR NAS

Soft reset

The soft reset only clears the network settings and resets the admin password.

  1. Press and hold down on the reset button for approximately five seconds until a beep sounds.


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  1. Re-connect to the NAS using your browser.
  2. Enter username and password "admin" and click "sign in."

Once the NAS has been reset, the following takes place:

  • Administrator account and password will be reset to default "admin."
  • HTTP and HTTPS ports reset to 8000 and 8001, respectively.
  • Network settings reset to the default configuration.
  • ADM Defender reset to allow all connections.

Since this would allow essentially anyone to steal your NAS and get access to what's contained within, you could disable the soft reset by following these easy steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Hardware.
  2. Click the System tab.
  3. Scroll down and check the Disable reset button box.
  4. Click Apply

Hard reset

The hard reset should be used only for reinstalling the ADM OS. It'll completely clear the NAS, including stored data. Please back up your data first!

  1. Log into your ASUSTOR NAS.
  2. Go to Settings > Factory Default.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Click OK.

How to pick the best hard drives for your NAS

Working on your NAS enclosure and need some additional drives? We've rounded up some excellent NAS-class drives, including Seagate IronWolf and Western Digital Red. We'd recommend having at least two drives installed on an enclosure with more than a single drive bay, which allows for the creation of a RAID array for enhanced data redundancy.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.