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Old 12-18-05, 01:50 PM
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Need to get data off partitioned drive, using external enclosure?

Hi guys

My computer broke, and I need to get data off a partitioned drive. Here is the kicker--my hd is partitioned into two drives, (dual boot linux and windows) and I need to get the data off the linux drive. I have an external enclosure, but what should I do when trying to get the data off? I haven't tried yet for fear of breaking it, but will I be able to access the data in windows? My linux drive is formatted as ext3.

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Old 12-18-05, 02:37 PM
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Boot up another computer to the OS (Windows or Linux), then plug in the external drive enclosure containing your old drive. Both partitons should show up as separate drives. You won't break it.

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Old 12-18-05, 03:06 PM
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Will windows read from ext3?
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Old 12-18-05, 04:33 PM
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how about booting any other pc using a knoppix disc. knoppix is a zero-install linux cd so you should be able to boot it on any pc. hook your old drive up, and then do whatever you need to with the data.
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Old 12-18-05, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by BigPete
how about booting any other pc using a knoppix disc. knoppix is a zero-install linux cd so you should be able to boot it on any pc. hook your old drive up, and then do whatever you need to with the data.

this is a great solution. btw, you won't damage the drive by accessing it in an external enclosure if the drive was working fine before. if your computer broke because of a HD failure, that is a completely different story. if you have had a HD failure and if the data is critical, you may not want the platters spinning up.
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Old 12-18-05, 06:48 PM
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Access it from another PC running linux or load the driver at the bottom of this page into a windows xp system and you should be fine

http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm
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Old 12-18-05, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by maneesh
Will windows read from ext3?
Yes, by using for example explore2fs
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Old 12-18-05, 10:41 PM
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Thanks a lot guys!
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