Here’s the scenario: I’m trying to get data together from several old hard drives that are laying around. Some of them are dual boot Linux ext2 and a variety of Win’s all the way back to 2000. Then I have a fairly large drive that is pure ext2. I don’t want to haul the weight of all those drives to Australia so I got one huge drive: one drive to contain them all. So my plan was:
- Use a USB housing that I have to hook up the biggest PATA with some space on it to the Win XP box. That ends up being the pure ext2 drive.
- Transfer some stuff to the ext2 drive from the internal HD on the laptop. (I don’t have an external housing for laptop hard drives and I don’t much care for taking laptops apart to be honest.)
- Hook up the intermediate drive to the Mac. Also hook up the monster. Transfer all the non linux system stuff from the ext2 drive to the monster. Leave the ext2 drive here as a backup of several linux systems which I will start using again when I get back. No need to take the linux stuff to Oz, because if I create a linux partition on my Mac I will just do a clean install.
- Remove the ext2 drive from the housing replace with all the other drives and repeat.
Well, WinXP didn’t want to read the ext2 drive, and Leopard could see it but not mount it. For Windows XP I found this article: Three Ways To Access Linux Partitions (ext2/ext3) From Windows On Dual-Boot Systems. The third way was what I wanted, as it allowed read/write access to the ext2 drive. It is called the ext2 installable file system for windows. I gotta say, it worked like a champ, and it allowed me to copy several folders to the ext drive.
My next problem was to make the Mac recognize the drive. After seeing somebody answer on Yahoo answers that you just can’t do this, I thought how wrong you are buddy. And so I found the ext2 filesystem for Mac and installed it. After that the Mac could see the filesystem on the drive. I’m not sure this one is write, but that is OK, because all I want to do is copy FROM the ext2 drive TO the big monster. Boom, now I can do what I want.
Gotta say, it’s great when you just find free tools to do what you want and they just work. Especially after my hassle with Magento. (Of course it would be better if common file system compatibility was built-in but hey. Next decade. ) I’m 2 for 2 sippin’ a beer and waiting for nightfall on this hot fourth of July, and in a couple more days I’m heading to Australia where it’s winter.