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Buffalo drives - NTFS support?

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Is it possible to format Buffalo drives in NTFS format and then if necessary remove them from the Buffalo device and hook them up to any Windows computer and be able to see them as NTFS drives and if necessary run any normal NTFS repair utilities against them? I have read a bit on these drives but nothing that has been definitive.
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Hi, any specific drives you mean? Desktop? Portable? Types?
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I would be interested in any that do what I want but if you wanted a specific drive, perhaps the TeraStation Pro™ Quad WSS - WS-QVL/R5 might be in the class I'm looking at  but again I would look at others.
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Well, the TeraStation you mention is a quad drive device with RAID capabilities like Raid 0 (stripe), Raid 1 (mirror), Raid 5 (redundant) and JBOD. You know about Raid probably so when de TeraStation would use NTFS for a file system them only RAID1 may and JBOD (independent disks) may be removable from the NAS and checked the way you are asking. However since the drives are managed by the TeraStation normally, I do not expect that you will be successful in what you're trying. Makes me wonder why you are asking this btw, you don't happen to have run into problems with a Buffalo device you have or ran into right?
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Thanks for the answer. Actually I have run into problems with Buffalo and other systems like them in these recovery scenarios - I can't use all the regular NTFS tools I have, I have to use the proprietary tools provided by the manufacturer.
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I see, the fact that you have to use proprietary tools confirms what I was thinking. You can contact Buffalo for support of course.
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Thanks.  I was just doublechecking my suspicions.  I think I prefer products like OpenE over Buffalo - not a slick-looking box but has the kinds of recovery bells-whistles I like.
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