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Hi, I have never used Linux before in my life but now need to out of necessity. I had a QNAP 209 NAS with a single 1.5TB HDD full of data. I sold the 209 but retained the drive ready for a new 409 4 bay QNAP NAS. When the new NAS arrived I placed the old HDD in the NAS hoping it would just show up and I could FTP the data off to my windows 7 box. This simply wouldn't work.
I have tried mounting the HDD on my Windows machine with various EXT3 compatibility packages but none have worked. I now think that installing linux on another machine and mounting the drive is my only option. My questions are as follows:

I can get a cheap PC or Laptop. Which distro should I install for max user friendlyness ?

Can I simply attach the HDD to a USB Caddy and then subsequently attach that to the linux box ?

Can I then FTP the data direct to another machine from Linux ? If yes, what software do I need or is there any built in ?

Thanks upfront for any advice.
post #2 of 13
You can try using a LiveCD on your windows machine and have the drive in a USB caddy
Mount the USB caddy drive and the windows drive, and copy from one to the other.
Edited by Mr_Torch - 4/10/11 at 5:58am
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Thanks. I will give that a try. Will report back.
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Yeah, a LiveCD would probably be your best bet as it can also access NTFS file systems as well.
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The drive may have something other than an ext3 filesystem on it. For instance, it might have ext4, or XFS, or gawd knows what else. Booting from a Linux live CD and poking around on the drive is likely to be your best bet at the moment.
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Agreed with the above suggestions of LiveCDs. We used LiveCDs and ubuntu flash drives for data recovery at my old job, worked great. We could transfer data from almost any file system, if the data is corrupted it would still transfer it as well unlike a regular windows environment does. So much more utility there. Anyways, it should work for you, if not let us know.
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Thanks. I will give that a try. Will report back.
I suppose he forgot to let us know the outcome...
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Haven't forgotten, just been busy. I am going to try install Linux in a virtual machine on my MacBook pro. It's a last ditch attempt. It's only movies and music that I can re-rip if necessary and with HDD prices for g through the roof it would be good to use it again. Which distro would be most user friendly and lightweight for what I want to do?
post #9 of 13
I don't believe that will work, as it wont have direct access to the drive.

have you tried this program?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2read/

its a standalone program, you open it up with administrator privileges (this is for windows right click, open with administrator), it will scan the harddrives, looking for ext2/3/4 partitons, when it finds them, you can access them, and browser the folders/files.

when you find the folder/file you want, you right click on it, and "save" it to another harddrive. works quite well, and its better than the so called ext2/3 drivers for windows, as those actually can boink your drive, this is just a reader/explorer.
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It's probably XFS. Most NAS'es I've seen use XFS.
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