Paralells 10 for Mac: USB 3.0 Support? Recovering files from reiserfs file system

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mikethewxguy, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. mikethewxguy macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2007
    I need to use a windows application to try and recover files from ~18 Hard Drives from a failed unRAID file server that I was running. The file system on those drives is: reiserfs - which from my research, no mac os x system or program can read.

    First question: IS this correct? Or is their a program out there that can read reiserfs directly from my mac?

    If there is not...

    I want to install Paralells 10 on my Mac mini 2012 (USB 3.0) and use a USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station to try and recover the files from the disks, using paralells and the reiserfs program.

    Will this work? I have read conflicting reports...just trying to get confirmation

    Thanks so much!
  2. sammcj macrumors member


    May 10, 2009
    ReiserFS can only be read from Linux.

    I would download the latest version of a Debian live CD and boot it in a VM to recover the filesystem.

    Here is the download link:

    From there, here is a tutorial on how to recover ReiserFS partition:

    Good luck, Reiser can be a pain to recover and isn't maintained since Hans Reiser shot his wife (hence why it's a killer filesystem).
  3. mikethewxguy thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2007
    Thanks so much for the help offering sammcj...I'm going to try out your recommendation later today.

    I was able to give it a go using my 2012 mac mini, a USB 3.0 HD Dock, Parallels 10 Trial, Windows 10 Trial, and a free Linux reader program (DiskEssentials or something like that) earlier and it is indeed proving to be a huge PIA! It is taking forever just reading the file tree...this is on a 2TB disk (which I have 11 more to go) before moving on to 4-5 3TB HD's...and 2-3 4TB drives! I may die of old age before I get through them all.

    Hoping that using Debian Live it might speed up the process...we'll see!

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