Mounting Novell 4.11 Drive

Our building recently suffered a direct lightening strike. The only casualty was a Novell 4.11 server that we used as a file server. I figured this was our opportunity to upgrade; so I bought new equipment and loaded openSUSE.

I’ve put the data drive in a external drive encloser and ‘attached’ it to the new server. But, it will not recognize the drive. (If I do the same thing with an NTFS drive, it recognizes it right away). So, I’m thinking the drive was damaged by the lightening strike. But, before counting it as lost, I thought I’d ask… are there any services / packages that must be loaded before openSUSE will recognize an old 4.11 drive (nss drive)?

Thanks! ~Russ

PS - new to Linux, but love working with openSUSE!!

This post was in the wrong forum area. I have moved it in the hope that this area may be better.

what is the file system in use on that Novell 4.11 server disk?

i just read somewhere around here that support for Netware’s file
system is not included in openSUSE, or SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server…which one did you install?


palladium

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:07:05 +0000, palladium wrote:

> what is the file system in use on that Novell 4.11 server disk?

Novell TFS (“Traditional File System”) is what would be used.

> i just read somewhere around here that support for Netware’s file system
> is not included in openSUSE, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server…which one
> did you install?

Correct, it’s not included in openSUSE, SLE, or OES. TFS is something
specific to NetWare 3.x and 4.x (it may go back to 2.x). The 4.x version
includes features not in the earlier versions, so a 4.x configured disk
partition would be readable only by 4.x.

Questions on NetWare TFS file recovery really should go to the Novell
forums; there isn’t to my knowledge any support for NetWare’s TFS in
Linux at all.

Jim

Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Moderator