Reading Linux (LibreElec) HDDs in Windows

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    Reading Linux (LibreElec) HDDs in Windows


    I have been trying for months to get my Windows 10 workstations to talk to my LibreElec KODI Box..

    It used to work, but then MS (in their... er.. infinite wisdom) decided to change the SMB format and all network connectivity was lost..

    After months of trying to get them to play nice together (share files), I have decided to simply replace the LibreElec box with a Windows 10 box..

    Of course, THAT wouldn't go smoothly either.. Turns out that the 10 TB hard drives will not open their data to a mere Windows machine..

    Is there any way to read a LINUX HD in a windows box without losing all the data???

    Any help would be most appreciated...
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Hi

    Not sure if this will help but it seems to be what you are trying to do.

    3 Ways to Access Your Linux Partitions From Windows
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    Can the KODI box be accessed using USB [I'm not familiar with that box yet]? If so, I'd try booting to a Linux LiveDVD such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint to recover the data to a different drive. There may be an expense in accomplishing it but that would be in relation to the importance of the data.
    LibreELEC – Just enough OS for KODI dated March 10, 2020

    Just a note, I have 2 WDC 2TB My Cloud NAS drives attached to my Router via Ethernet cable and any Windows, Linux or Mac computer whether Wired or Wireless/Wi-Fi can Map the Public folder and access the data on them. Using Properties of the drives only shows the formatting pertinent to the OS asking. I use Windows 10 and Linux Mint 19.3 currently, my MacBook Pro died last year.
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    Caledon Ken said:
    Hi

    Not sure if this will help but it seems to be what you are trying to do.

    3 Ways to Access Your Linux Partitions From Windows
    Ya read my mind!! Yea, I found that this morning...

    I downloaded and installed the 'ext2fsd' program cuz it seemed to be the best one to suit my purposes.. But when loaded up, it shows the drives as RAW and no way to access them...

    Thanx for the reply..

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    Berton said:
    Can the KODI box be accessed using USB [I'm not familiar with that box yet]? If so, I'd try booting to a Linux LiveDVD such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint to recover the data to a different drive. There may be an expense in accomplishing it but that would be in relation to the importance of the data.
    LibreELEC – Just enough OS for KODI dated March 10, 2020

    Just a note, I have 2 WDC 2TB My Cloud NAS drives attached to my Router via Ethernet cable and any Windows, Linux or Mac computer whether Wired or Wireless/Wi-Fi can Map the Public folder and access the data on them. Using Properties of the drives only shows the formatting pertinent to the OS asking. I use Windows 10 and Linux Mint 19.3 currently, my MacBook Pro died last year.
    DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

    Yea, NAS would definitely be the way to go.. But I have yet to find a NAS device that can handle a 10TB storage array that is in my price range...

    Thanx for the info...

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    Here is what my extfsd manager looks like..

    Reading Linux (LibreElec) HDDs in Windows-extfsd.jpg
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  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Could you produce a disk management screen shot under Windows?
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    Caledon Ken said:
    Could you produce a disk management screen shot under Windows?

    "I can... And I will...."
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    Without missing a beat, I said, "My uncle thought he was St Jerome"...

    Anywho... I opened up the Disk Management screen and got the INITIALIZE DISK box that showed the 2 Linux HDs and a message saying the disks needed to be initialized.. From past experience I know that means, if I initialize, I lose all my data...

    After that box came up, the pooter locked up...

    It doesn't seem to like the ext2fsd program...
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  7. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Please uninstall it then.

    Where are you currently backing up this 10TB drive to?
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    Caledon Ken said:
    Please uninstall it then.

    Where are you currently backing up this 10TB drive to?
    I am not.. It's TV shows and movies.. Nothing mission critical.. Just want to make every effort not to lose them.. It's an array of 2 2TBs and a 6TB...
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    Michale32086 said:
    I have been trying for months to get my Windows 10 workstations to talk to my LibreElec KODI Box..
    It used to work, but then MS (in their... er.. infinite wisdom) decided to change the SMB format and all network connectivity was lost..

    Does LibreElec require SMB1?

    Windows 10 by default has SMB1 disabled in Windows features, and if you do enable it there is also a setting to automatically remove smb1 if it is not regularly used. Try enabling 'SMB 1.0/CIFS Client' and turning off automatic removal.

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    I believe LibreElec does require SMB1.. It's my understanding that Windows 10 disabled SMB 1 for security reasons.

    As you can likely tell, the nitty gritty nuts and bolts are somewhat above my pay grade..

    ==========================================================
    !!! SAMBA UPDATE – IMPORTANT !!!
    The fall “Creators Update” for Windows 10 removes SMB1 client/server support and NAS devices now ship with configuration that only supports SMB2/3 – causing problems because all versions of Kodi before 17.4 can only make SMB1 connections. This release includes changes that allow the Kodi SMB client and our embedded Samba server to work with SMB2/3 connections; improving SMB security and performance. However, it is a disruptive change:

    • The Kodi SMB client sometimes fails to negotiate SMB3 with old Samba versions. There is a new option in Kodi Settings > Services > SMB client > that allows SMB2 or SMB1 connections to be forced for compatibility with legacy SMB servers.
    • The embedded Samba server now defaults to minimum SMB2 and maximum SMB3 and the LibreELEC Settings add-on allows the supported SMB protocol versions to be changed for compatibility with legacy clients. It also allows configuration of the WORKGROUP name.
    • Samba 3.x /storage/.config/samba.conf configurations must be updated to use the new Samba 4.x template (samba.conf.sample) as some Samba 3.x configuration is incompatible. The embedded Samba server may fail to start until this is done. If the reason for older changes was workgroup name please delete the file and use the new in-GUI configuration method.
    • Browsing SMB shares via “Windows network browsing” in Kodi requires the browser service on the SMB server. This SMB1 service is removed from Win10 in the creators update and there is no equivalent for SMB2/3 versions of the SMB protocol. When Kodi makes SMB2+ connections (which is now our default) Kodi network browsing to add sources will not work. Windows SMB shares can still be added using the full server/share path. It is still possible to browse non-Windows Samba/NAS devices that advertise SMB shares via ZeroConf (aka Bonjour/Avahi).
    • Connection failures to anonymous and guest shares are solved by creating a new local machine (not Microsoft ID) user and strong password for Kodi to use on the server, then assigning appropriate read or read-write permissions to the shares Kodi will access.
    • =======================================================
    • LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.1.1 BETA – LibreELEC


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    That did it!!

    Many thanks..

    This has been bugging me for months!!!
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