Originally Posted by PobjoySpecial
1) Install FTK Imager
2) Read disk.
UnRAID is dead simple to use. If you run into a problem, it has one of the best user communities I've ever seen. To each their own, but the mud you're slinging doesn't stick.
This. It's pretty clear that FlexRAID has a lot of fanboys here, but that doesn't necessarily make it a better system. I'm not going to argue the pros and cons of each setup because it's already been done to death. Suffice it to say that I've been using unRAID for over six years and it's been rock solid and a pleasure to use. The only issues I've ever had with a server setup is when I tried using FlexRAID. I switched back to unRAID and couldn't be happier. When I initially chose to go with unRAID I wasn't even aware of FlexRAID. To be honest, had I known about FlexRAID at the time, I'd be hard pressed to say which software I would have chosen. The idea of having to install it on top of an OS, use up a SATA port, and add another drive would have probably steered me towards unRAID anyway. It's just less crap to deal with. My idea of a server is a collection of drives that allow me to store and access data from any PC on my network. I just want to set it up and forget about it. Both programs allow me to do this so anything else is just extra, IMHO. Obviously, YMMV.
The issue of having a file system that's readable in Windows is mostly irrelevant for a server. Let's face it, most of us access the data on servers via our networks, not via direct drive access. UnRAID allows you to do this as well as any other server software. The filesystem that unRAID uses is completely transparent to other PCs on the network. What matters is whether you can access your data and transfer data to and from the server. Most of the features available with FlexRAID are also available in unRAID. I have yet to hear an overwhelming argument that places FlexRAID head and shoulders above unRAID. They both do what they're designed to do and they both do it well. The differences are more those of personal preference than performance or features. As media servers, they're both fine choices. The end user will never know the difference.
And WTF does Hans Reiser's personal history have to do with anything here?
FYI - There are other ways to read reiserfs disks in Windows:
http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=2057.msg14950#msg14950Edited by captain_video - 5/13/13 at 5:58am