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I am relatively new at Linux, but am enthusiastic about its potential to replace many of the functions I perform under Windows. Last year, I built a Samba server using Fedora 8 on a 64 bit AMD Athlon 64 platform. It worked great until today when the Asus mobo would not POST on power up, probably due to a fried capacitor. I shouldn't have used an RMA'd refurb board. Can anyone offer any suggestions on how I might get my data back without going through a laborious hardware rebuild of the server and a full reinstall of Fedora and Samba, or a gruesome backup restore from CDs? The data resides on a separate physical SATA2 500 GB HDD which is not part of the Linux boot filesystem. That is, it was installed using SWAT subsequent to making the system operational and it resides in its own ext3 partition that mounts with the identity "sdc1" Can this HDD be removed and read by some other means on another machine?
You can attach the drive to any SATA-equipped linux machine and mount the drive/partition.
After attaching it, on the new machine run
"fdisk -l" to show the device id it gets.
Then - as root - create a mountpoint (mkdir /mnt/satadisk ...) and
mount the partition there:
mount /dev/sdX1 /mnt/satadisk
(with X substituted with what the disk gets on the new machine).
You said it's ext3, so it should mount without problems. If you see errors, run fsck /dev/sdX1
before mounting again.
If you want, you can rebuild a samba server on the other box and share the data partition
just like before.
You should be able to connect this disk to any Linux system and access the data on the disk, assuming the disk is functional. The disk is most likely formatted with an ext3 file system, so a Windows system will not be able to read this. There is nothing special about a Samba share as far as the file system is concerned.
There are external USB cases available for hard drive that will allow you to use them as an external USB drive if you need a more permanent solution.