SUMMARY: Solaris + USB 2.0 IDE disk + NTFS = problems ?

From: Grzegorz Bakalarski <>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 10:15:22 EDT
Dear Friends!

Here is summary on the topic in "subject".
Unfortunately I was right. Most agreed "no way
on solaris sparc". Some suggested linux box.
(We tried this but our standard distribution of linux
did not work - one needs SCSI support enabled for USB
storage and also ntfs support (which was not default
in suse 8.2)). Linux by Sun i.e. Sun Java Desktop should 
work with ntfs but I'm not sure if with USB 2.0 Storage.
Finally I gave up and borrowed a laptop with USB 2.0
and MS Windows XP. Then I copied data (80GB) through the net.

Original question & detailed summary follows.

Great thanks to all who tried to help. All you are great!


-------------- Q ----------------------
I have a following problem:
our supplier  of data sent us data on IDE harddisk in USB 2.0
enclosure. The disk has NTFS file system. We are almost MS Windows
free site.  But the vendor is almost MS Windows only site.
I have new V440 with Solaris 9 12/03 which has 4 USB 2.0 ports.
I found on SunSolve that Solaris can "talk" with USB 2.0 Storage
devices. But the problem is NTFS. I found only support
for FAT32 (pcfs). Nothing about NTFS and Solaris Sparc.
Is there any way to read data (from NTFS file system) directly on my
V440 ? Or should I look for laptop with USB 2.0 ? Any other solutions?

-------------- A -----------------------

1) From Michael.Horton

The sun java desktop "live" cdrom disc will permit one to manually mount
an ntfs partition and manipulate files.  The sjd "live" disc is a
freebie.  Ask your sun rep for a copy.
A full installation of sun java desktop should have the same
capabilities as well as other linux distributions.  (sjd is Suse 8.x)

2) From: Casper Dik 

You could use it on a PC and use something like
partition magic to convert to FAT32 format;
or ask teh vendor to reship on in UDF format or
ISO format.  Linux, I think, has some NTFS support.

3) From: Ryan Krenzischek

You need to look for a machine running Windows NT or better and get the
information off of the drive.

4) From joe_fletcher

If you can get hold of a linux system then it's capabale of reading NTFS.
Failing that
find a PC, hook the drive up and copy the contents across via SAMBA or
5) From: Tim Chipman

FYI,  USB2.0 is backwards compatible to USB1 spec, so you can plug the
device on any PC which has USB. IF the PC doesn't support USB2.0 the
bandwidth/throughput will be slower, of course, but it should still work...

in the future // if at all possible, the folks at the remote site should
(ideally) use FAT32 filesystem on this drive, since it is a "non secure"
filesystem and more accessible to other operating systems.  Or, consider
using some more "standard" intermediate format (such as burned CD or DVD
discs, with data archived into .zip or .tar files as desired to preserve
longnames / user owner info etc etc as desired).

IIRC there are ways to mount NTFS on linux without too much trouble, and
even to do so with read-write access ... however, I don't recall that
this is so easily done on Solaris (alas).

Hope this helps a bit,


6) From: Jason Grove

Solaris can not read NTFS. Only options are a PC/laptop with windows or
maybe a linux box that can read ntfs.

7) From: David Foster

Check out the mtools package, it's kinda old but lets
you read DOS/Windows data under older versions of Solaris.
Dave Foster

8) From: Peter Stokes 
As far as I know NTFS is a problem with Solaris. Suggest you go down the
PC system route, or maybe Linux. The later Linux systems can read NTFS

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