Reading an OpenServer hard drive with Fedora

Kernel Guardian kernelgardian at
Mon Oct 24 13:54:41 UTC 2011

SCO OpenServer version?
If i remember well, i was read and successfully recovering data from
OpenServer 3 and 5.0.4 disks with SuSe 8 or 9 ( have on some CD's in
the basement).[my first Open Server 3 installation media was have 78
Reading disk content would depend on file system in use on those disks.
Any Linux with 2.4 kernel can read SCO disk, maybe on some must
recompile kernel to include support for different type of disk
partitioning schemes and file systems.
I forgot a lot of things, last time when administering SCO's is almost
12 years ago.

SCO Unixware is different story.

Anyhow, SCO use regular partitions, and slices are under them.

On 24 October 2011 04:48, fred smith <fredex at> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 09:12:05PM -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Is there a way to get at the odd SysV volume manager slices if I have access to
>> an OS drive? The disk or partition is split into slices, sort of like a crude
>> LVM. I need to recover the files from the disk, based on a full raw backup of
>> the drive or the drive itself.
>> I was hoping for a fuser implementation or so, since the extra cost networking
>> stuff wasn't bought when the system was built. A local business depends on this,
>> and I'm trying to help them recover.
> Bill:
> I'm having a somewhat vague recollection that much much older versions
> of Linux (from circa '95 when I was using Slackware 2.1 with the very up
> to date 1.5.9 kernel) had some flavor of support for SCO partitions. I
> have some memory of having read some docs or notes online somewhere
> about it. I don't think I've ever tried mounting a HD partition from
> one of them on linux, though.
> If it would be any help, I probably still have the CD with that ancient
> Slackware, and also a (now) really ancient Red Hat 4.1 CD.  ISO images
> could be created in need.
> Fred
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