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    Conversion question- LG NAS drive failure


    I wonder if anyone can help- I have locked myself out of my LG NAS drive and so i'm told the only option to recover my data (photos) is to copy the files on the device (straight from the HDD) which are aparently held as linux files, and then to convert them. I have windows vista (sorry! )

    Any ideas on how to convert the files once downloaded?

    Thanks

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    Conversion should not be necessary, depending upon the format. You would only need to convert text files from the Linux/Unix LF to Windows CR/LF for end of text lines. So, for getting your photos, videos, and music files this is what I would do.

    1. Create a linux live cd/dvd disc to boot the system into linux.
    2. Mount the nas and the windows file systems
    3. Copy the data from the nas to the windows file system.
    4. unmount and reboot the computer.

    So, to do this, you need to download and burn a Linux ISO image to a CD/DVD. Most any current distribution will work fine for this, and they generally have NTFS support. Depending upon what file system type the NAS uses, you should probably be able to mount it directly, although some NAS units utilize file systems such as xfs which may or may not be supported directly by the live linux installation. In such a case, you will need an internet connection so you can install the appropriate drivers for the term of your session. In linux, such drivers can be installed without rebooting, so you can then mount and use the file system as needed.
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    Thanks for the quick reply- i'm just awaiting a sata to usb lead so that I can get on with it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    Conversion should not be necessary, depending upon the format. You would only need to convert text files from the Linux/Unix LF to Windows CR/LF for end of text lines. So, for getting your photos, videos, and music files this is what I would do.

    1. Create a linux live cd/dvd disc to boot the system into linux.
    2. Mount the nas and the windows file systems
    3. Copy the data from the nas to the windows file system.
    4. unmount and reboot the computer.

    So, to do this, you need to download and burn a Linux ISO image to a CD/DVD. Most any current distribution will work fine for this, and they generally have NTFS support. Depending upon what file system type the NAS uses, you should probably be able to mount it directly, although some NAS units utilize file systems such as xfs which may or may not be supported directly by the live linux installation. In such a case, you will need an internet connection so you can install the appropriate drivers for the term of your session. In linux, such drivers can be installed without rebooting, so you can then mount and use the file system as needed.

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