NTFS HDD readable from UNIX

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Old 06-08-2011
NTFS HDD readable from UNIX

I have somehow taken on the collateral duties of System Administrator for our small internal network. At current we have one main file server with 48 SATA swappable drives under the Solaris 10 OS.

My question is this. Our analysts are bringing back data from the field in Windows formatted HDDs, would it be possible to swap/mount these drives in the server and have the data be readable? Our productivity servers that are clustered together are Linux driven where the program will be run, drawing data from the file server if the HDD can be mounted/read.

Any help/advice in this situation would be much appreciated. I would consider myself on the beginner slopes of Unix/Linux, but can definitely fiddle with the best of em'.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-08-2011
Mount-ntfs and UFSRead
has an ntfs mount utility for Solaris, after that it's a simple matter of sharing the nfs partitions/drives/directories
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Old 06-08-2011
Appreciate the link and response, unfortunately after reading through it, it only supports 2GB worth of data. I have been informed that the data sets will be in TB range which is daunting.
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Old 06-08-2011
Linux definitely has NTFS filesystem drivers. Two of them, even. You could set up a small Linux server for people to use.

Linux has two drivers because the one that comes with the kernel is read-only. The under-development driver, which can write, is more dangerous; they kept it out of the mainline kernel until they decide development is complete.
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Old 06-08-2011

Thank you for your post. I was unaware of the kernels associated with Linux for NTFS. The issue with setting up a Linux server for this would be that the servers operate on SAS drives and the data being brought back will be on SATA HDDs. We are running hardened versions of RHEL, and being pretty unfamiliar with the process of how these are all clustered or put together I wouldn't want to fiddle with the current set up too much.

Is there a purchasable solution to this? I know that a couple years ago they were working this same problem and ended up having to transfer the data over which would take at minimum 18 hours, which is what I am hoping to avoid.
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Old 06-08-2011
If you are running on x86 hardware, you can run as a guest an OS supporting NTFS (eg: some Gnu/Linux distribution) in a virtualized environment (eg: VirtualBox which is supported on Solaris) then access the NTFS drives from it and share the data with the host.
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Old 06-09-2011
Jlliagre, I attempted to install VB on the OS but I am running into a an error when I attempt to start VB. I get the following in terminal:

VirtualBox: supR3HardenedMainGetTrustedMain: dlopen("/opt/VirtualBox/amd64/virtualbox.so",) failed: ld.so.1: VirtualBox: fatal: relocation error: file /opt/VirtualBox/amd64/libQtGuiVBox.so.4: Symbol FcFreeTypeQueryFace: referenced symbol not found.

I got nothing.
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