Monday, 16 April 2012

HP N40L Windows Home Server 2011: Mount Linux EXT2 drive and clone disk

Realising that I needed a home server to keep all my files on and run IIS, SQL Server etc, I recently upgraded from my D-Link DNS-320 to an HP N40L Microserver.

Of course, I needed to copy my files from the DNS-320 (Linux) to the N40L (Windows) and didn't fancy leaving it to copy the files over the network and I couldn't get Windows to mount the drive (when you put the Linux formatted disk into the N40L, Windows can see the physical disk but can't mount it as a drive with a letter etc).

So after rooting around a bit for solutions regarding mounting Linux EXT2/EXT3 drives in Windows, I found EXT2 File System driver on SourceForge and installed it (version 0.51). Then I put the drive from the DNS-320 into the new server and booted it up.

Note that the main solution which tends to come up is EXT2 IFS, which at the time of writing wasn't compatible with WHS 2011 (though it works with Windows 2008). So that was of no use to me but if you're running a supported version of Windows it may be of use to you.

Back to the problem in hand; when I ran the EXT2 volume manager I was able to mount the drives in Windows and use SyncToy to clone one disk to another - since the intention is to copy the data off the Linux drive and then once done, format with NTFS.

It worked nicely for me, and I hope this info is of use to someone!