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Reading a non-Windows (Linux?) hard-drive with Windows 8.1

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    Reading a non-Windows (Linux?) hard-drive with Windows 8.1


    How do I access the file on an external USB hard-drive recorded with a, now defunct, Humax HD Fox T2 set-top box?

    Please note this is a HD Fox T2 not a HDR Fox T2.

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    I don't own the box but most of those are using either EXT2 or EXT3 format and this is what I use with my DLINK-323 NAS to copy/transfer/delete/format etc... it is much faster than going thru the router. If this is true then download:
    Download Ext2 File System Driver for Windows from SourceForge.net
    With the HD connected to your PC. Install the software then run it. You'll see a screens as shown below, Note that Drive L is in Ext3 format (initially no letter assigned) containing Linux Mint. Double click on it, you'll get the next screen that allows you to assign a Letter then click Apply. You can now open as a Windows Drive in File Explorer, use drag and drop, format/copy/delete files as you usually do with Windows Drive.

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    Hope this helps !!!
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    My experience with using external drives connected to several different DVRs is that, in all cases, the drive was encrypted by the DVR when it was first formatted. That is to prevent just what you are attempting to do -- retrieve the recorded content from the drive. Sorry, but if that is the case with your DVR, there is nothing you can do to retrieve the content.
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    Thanks topgundcp I can now view and copy the files. All I need to do now is 1 of the following:-

    1. Find a video player that will play them
    2. File converter that will convert them
    3. A Humax .ts file un-encryoter.
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