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Router Unable to Boot, Stuck in Bootloop

Hi all,


I am having trouble with my Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 currently.


I have had this router for 5.5 years (since August 8, 2014) and it is currently running on the latest firmware (1.04.46_19 since November 2019). The router operates on a 18/7 schedule (i.e. 18 hours a day, 7 days a week on a timer connected to a wall).


The only qualm I have had with this router so far is that the attached HDD is not recognised on first boot, usually needs to be disconnected and then reconnected to get it online. (The disk itself is wonky with intermittent connection).


Starting yesterday, my router exhibits the following systems:

-Upon boot, the router will enter a bootloop, i.e. the router keeps resetting. I cannot enter the web console at all.

-The only way to get the router to boot is to hold the reset button at the back of the router at 7 seconds (and this only works if you do it IMMEDIATELY upon powering on the router. If I attempt to reset it once it enters the bootloop it will never leave the bootloop.) The router will bootloop 3 more times before returning to normal.


The strange thing is, even after resetting, all my settings all come back to normal! I have reset this router before and I understand that I usually must restore the configuration manually.


I have to keep performing the reset step everytime the router reboots, which is just not viable.


Does anyone here have an explanation as to why my router is behaving this way? Or is it time to get a new router? (I hope not!)


I look forward to some solution here. Thank you!

Proud Owner of an R8000 since August 2014!
Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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