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Hey there, we are a Microsoft shop primarily, with a token MAC technician.  One of our customers had a NAS unit (popnetserver 4300) that we changed some mirrored drives out with larger units.  Something did not go right with the larger units, so we are trying to suck the data off one of the old mirrored drives.  Your Stellar BSD seems to have identified the drive correctly (we were not sure what the unit used since the popnetserver company went out of business).  It seems to be UFS.  Any suggestions on how to mount this type of drive to either a PC or MAC so we can copy the files off to a more recognized file format and then we can put back together.  The drive has not failed, just in a format we have not seen before.  We have tried quite a few utilities on a windows machine, but they either crash or cannot see the drive.  Stellar BSD is the only one successful, but it is $499 for a 1.5MB Program which the client cannot afford.  We'd like to be heroes on this, and I imagine we are coming at it from a wrong angle.  Big points, no whammy's!
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by:TeRReF
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Or use a Knoppix CD to mount the drive and copy it to a FAT partition it can mount read/write
www.knoppix.org
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I tried the ffsdrv, ufs2tools and ufs explorer already, but they did not seem to work properly with the drive, but thank you.  I'm heading for the knoppix solution now.
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Are you sure it's unmounted properly then? It might contain errors and thus might need to be checked with fsck. Not sure knoppix' fsck will be able to since knoppix is build around the Linux Kernel.
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by:bcameron70
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Knoppix sees the partitions, pretty cool interface.  It cannot distinguish the drive properties though, is there a way to load other file system support into knoppix easily to see which FS is picked up?

You mention FSCK where is that utility native to?
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fsck is used in both linux and FreeBSD and is the equivalent of scandisk under windows. But since Linux and BSD use different filesystems, the native (standard) versions cannot be used to fix a broken filesystem of the other. I know that FreeBSD can fix Linux partitions by recompiling the Kernel with the proper extension(s).

You could try this, in the main menu there is a knoppix item, you'll find something called root console (or similar) there. Click on it and in the console type:
fsck -y /dev/hda3

where you should change hda3 to an actual UFS partition

And see if it's able to fix it...
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We ended up using Stellar Phoenix BSD recovery tool to get the data, I will award points to all the advice from terref since is gave us all the options possible, thanks again
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You're welcome, glad you managed to recover the data...
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