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I have a HD that was a UNIX file system. How can I read/transfer files from that drive to Windows XP computer? Thanks

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Depends on what exact “UNIX file system”. If it was Linux, the most chances are that it is ext2/ext3 file system. You can use it with http://www.fs-driver.org/ driver or similar (http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd , there are more). Try to detect what FS is there with some tool like recent PartitionMagic. With different FS you should use different drivers.

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  • PhillChen
    not quite understand what you need. whether you need to mount HP FS in XP or just transfer files. if you just need to tranfer files from each other, you can install ftp service in both HPUX and WinXP.
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  • PhillChen
    if you would like mount your directory/mount point into your xp os, you may install samba in hp unix. after installed and configured samba in hp then in XP, you can map it as network drive.
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  • SGBotsford
    Use partition magic or some other partition program to find out the type of partition you have. Even if your parition program only reveals the number, (2 digit hex) there are tables on the internet that allow you to look it up. If the file system is one of the linux file systems, then the driver mentioned in the first reply is probably the easiest way to go. If it's a file system for one of the BSD's there are similar drivers for it (Search for file system drivers windows on Sourceforge) If it another unix, you have a more difficult problem. The easiest way is to find someone who runs that OS, add the disk to the system, install samba on that system, export the disk via samba. Your windows box then can use it as a network share. Best chance for this is to find a local Unix users group which will often have a bunch of guys who collect unix OS's. If the file system is one that is from a Unix that runs on propriatary hardware, such as HP, SGI, Some sun, some IBM this can be trickier. You will have to find the appropriate box, I suspect. If the file system is MAC HFS or HFS2, easiest way may be to pick up a used G3 or G4 mac running OS X. Make sure that the mac has an appropriate controller. (Early macs used SCSI only.) The final possibility is to use a data recovery service. They basically will mount your disk in an appropriate machine, pull the files off of it, and burn CD's or DVD's or mag tape of all the files. This can be pricey, but if the file system is not one of the ones for which there is a FSD for windows it will probably be your best bet. Note: By convention software on sourceforge that is numbered 0.xx is developmental -- may not work well. I would suggest picking up a beater box, do a basic windows install, install the FSD, see if you can read the disk. If you can, then share it to your primary box, copy what you want off of it. (The secret of being a good sysadmin: Don't do anything that you can't back out of.) This is likely your fastest way if you aren't a geek.
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  • AdminIsTraitor
    One other thing to consider - If the drive was part of a RAID array then you may not be able to recover anything from it. Each disk in a RAID only holds part of the information.
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  • Madmax2
    There are many ways of getting data between UNIX/Linux and Windows XP. If this is just a one time deal I would recomend you search google for a utility called WINScp. This is a nice GUI utility for SCP protocol. SSH/SCP should be on the UNIX/Linux box. You may just have to start the daemon. If these machines are on a network and you want to be able to transfer files back and forth on a regular basis. SAMBA on the UNIX/Linux box is a very handy utility. Again you may already have SAMBA on your UNIX/Linux box. It may just need to be configured and the daemon started. If you have both OS'es on the same PC and unable to boot into both, you might want to look at NTFS-3G on SourceForge. This is a driver that will allow you to mount NTFS partions in Linux that you can both read and write to.
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  • MidZoneTec
    Assuming you have a *nix based hard drive and not the entire system. If the drive is hardware compatible with the XP system , mount the drive in your system, set jumpers according to drive position (slavemaster), get a Knoppix (or other Linux live distro boot disk) boot CD, and start the system. Once Knoppix boots, make sure that the NTFS (WinXP) file system is mounted Read Writable and copy the files over. If you have a CDR or DVDR drive you can use tools in Knoppix to burn the files to a CD or DVD. This might be your best option if you are not familiar with mounting partitions and Linux in general. There is a lot of info on how to use Knoppix just a google away.
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