Interrogating a USB hard drive using an Android smartphone.

A little help required guys. I have my old hard drive from my W7 pc and I've read that I might be able to hook it up to my smartphone using OTG.
There are some photos on it that I need so I'd like to extract them somehow.
I've looked at a few options available from the play store but have realised that the Android system will only recognise certain formats. None of the ones I've tried will recognise the NTFS format. Is there any way to do it from my phone.
I could hook it up to my girlfriends laptop but I don't want my old porn stash to suddenly appear on it. :rolleyes:
 
A little help required guys. I have my old hard drive from my W7 pc and I've read that I might be able to hook it up to my smartphone using OTG.
There are some photos on it that I need so I'd like to extract them somehow.
I've looked at a few options available from the play store but have realised that the Android system will only recognise certain formats. None of the ones I've tried will recognise the NTFS format. Is there any way to do it from my phone.
I could hook it up to my girlfriends laptop but I don't want my old porn stash to suddenly appear on it. :rolleyes:
Not directly - there are drivers for Linux (the underlying OS) to access NTFS drives, but it's unlikely any stock Android has them installed, and without rooting the system you won't be able to install them (even if you can find them).

However, a quick search of the Play store shows an app that might help, but I believe it's a paid for plugin thing.

You could try this one: exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software - Apps on Google Play
 
I need to think it through, but could you load an android operating system in Virtual Box and access it through there?

I haven't verified the Android download - so please check incase I have sent you to Ransomware-r-Us.

For Virtual Machines -


For Android


Or have I misunderstood what you want to achieve? Apologies if so.
 

Sarastro

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A little help required guys. I have my old hard drive from my W7 pc and I've read that I might be able to hook it up to my smartphone using OTG.
There are some photos on it that I need so I'd like to extract them somehow.
I've looked at a few options available from the play store but have realised that the Android system will only recognise certain formats. None of the ones I've tried will recognise the NTFS format. Is there any way to do it from my phone.
I could hook it up to my girlfriends laptop but I don't want my old porn stash to suddenly appear on it. :rolleyes:
Rewind a bit. Why exactly do you want to use an Android phone to read a Windows disk? It's not the most obvious choice. Don't you have a Windows / Mac / Linux machine somewhere that you can connect the disk to?

Even if this is a system disk (the disk with your windows 7 OS on it) attaching it via USB to any of those OS should mount it as read-only data disk, so you should be able to pull the pictures and then transfer to your phone (usual way with a USB). That will be a much easier process than trying to get Android to mount a W7 system disk.

If the only viable option is your gf's computer and it's a Windows laptop, hook up your Android phone to the computer at the same time as the W7 disk and transfer them directly while her attention is elsewhere, the only fingerprint left will be in the RAM until it is overwritten 4/8/16 GB later, and I'm betting that your gf doesn't habitually do a forensic investigation of her laptop memory. If not a Windows laptop, the problem you have is that the host (i.e. the computer doing the transfer) needs to recognise NTFS (which Mac and Windows do natively) and use an Android compatible transfer protocol (which Linux and Windows do natively), which means the simplest solution is to use a Windows computer to do the transfer. Its possible on the others but will require a bit of coaxing depending on the versions of each (installing / enabling transfer protocols etc).

Otherwise you need some way to mount your W7 drive as the host. A possible option is: plug in W7 drive as a USB to your powered off gf's computer, hit F1 when you turn it on (or whatever key to access the BIOS), select boot options and select the drive on the USB to boot the operating system from, then connect the Android phone once your old W7 desktop has loaded and transfer directly. This will leave no trace of anything (again except RAM) on your gf's laptop, but does require both your system disk to be formatted to boot correctly, and her BIOS to allow live booting from USB (most do these days).

Trying to plug Android in to read a non-system Windows system drive is probably going to cause you more pain than it's worth, its security features are designed to automate being read as a data drive, not the other way around.
 

anglo

LE
A little help required guys. I have my old hard drive from my W7 pc and I've read that I might be able to hook it up to my smartphone using OTG.
There are some photos on it that I need so I'd like to extract them somehow.
I've looked at a few options available from the play store but have realised that the Android system will only recognise certain formats. None of the ones I've tried will recognise the NTFS format. Is there any way to do it from my phone.
I could hook it up to my girlfriends laptop but I don't want my old porn stash to suddenly appear on it. :rolleyes:
Check your local council office/library, they might offer a free computer user service,
I did that whist waiting for broadband to arrive when I moved house,
They are safe to use
 

dan_brown

War Hero
I have one of these:

HDD/SSD reader
  • Connect the HDD/SSD to the device
  • Connect to your PC via the USB
  • The connected HDD/SDD appears as an extra drive which you can browse like a normal folder and extract the files/folders you need.
 
Not directly - there are drivers for Linux (the underlying OS) to access NTFS drives, but it's unlikely any stock Android has them installed, and without rooting the system you won't be able to install them (even if you can find them).

However, a quick search of the Play store shows an app that might help, but I believe it's a paid for plugin thing.

You could try this one: exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software - Apps on Google Play

I gave it another shot and what you advised worked perfectly. Thanks very much mate. I'll buy you a beer the next time you're in Lower Saxony. :cool: I've just got to figure out how to transfer multiple files using the Paragon interface now. It's been a while since I dabbled in computer magic.

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