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How to retrieve the samba file data from unusable IB NAS 3221?

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October 26, 2011 1:48:27 PM

How to retrieve the samba file data from unusable IB NAS 3221?

Please help...
The IB NAS 3221 Unit has stopped working after much use over the past 2-3 years.
As usual I turned it off using the power button located on the front panel at night.
The next morning I tried to turn it on and nothing.

Well not strictly true there were vague signs of life : A BEEP and the display LCD flashes blue quickly but the IB NAS 3221 unit is now unable to be networked.

So the main question is:
How do I retrieve the data that was being stored in RAID1 mirror on the Samba File System?
All the computers on our local network run a variety of Windows OS: XP (32) / Vista (64) / 7 (64).

Any advice would be much appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
October 26, 2011 9:39:28 PM

I carried on the search and have answered my own question.
I found a very little program that can be quickly installed into Windows:

Ext2Fsd Project
Open source ext3/4 file system driver for Windows (2K/XP/VISTA/WIN7)

Make sure you read the notes.
Download
Attach HDD via USB
Install
Open Ext2 Volume Manager / Service Management
Enable Ext3
Start Service Status

Now you should be able to read your Linux/Samba HDD under windows.
Perfect.
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