Access Linux USB from XP OS ???

Dell Optiplex 360 dt desktop computer (i...
August 21, 2012 at 09:53:25
Specs: Win 7 Professional, Intel
Folks...

I had an external NAS fail (just the NIC on the NAS....the drive itself was fine).

SO....I took the drive out of the case....and put in a External USB Drive case. So...it is now a nice little External USB drive (rather than a NAS).

Well...when a NAS...it was evidently based on Linux. Now...when I try to access it via USB in Windows XP...it simply says the drive is not formatted.

HOWEVER...I can boot with a Linux rescue disk and access the drive just fine (even copy the files to computers HD...very hand those Linux boot disks).

WELL....It would be nice be able to have a utility that runs under XP that would allow me to access this external drive as is (as needed).

That was, I would not need to reformat that is drive and copy off / copy on all the existing data.

It is just used for periodic selective manual drag-and-drop backups.

QUESTION: Is there such a utility / shell that can run within Windows XP to access this Linux formatted external USB drive ?

- Thanks very much

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#1
August 21, 2012 at 10:00:56
Given that your USB drive is formatted with ext2/ext3 file system, you can use Ext2Fsd to access it on Windows XP OS.

PS. This might come in handy to you too:

http://www.howtogeek.com/112888/3-w...

Post back if you have any problems.

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#2
August 21, 2012 at 13:25:56
I'd just boot to almost any linux live cd to get the data. Then format it back to ntfs or exfat.

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