My guess is that the answer is “no.”
Here’s my situation. I have a QNap 2-bay NAS, and it currently has a 2Tb and a 1Tb hard drive installed. I’ve decided that i want to increase the capacity, so i’m gong to replace the 1Tb with a 4Tb.
(I don’t have the NAS set up in any sort of RAID configuration; it’s just 2 separate drives)
Anyway, ideally i’d like to be able to check the big drive before i open up the NAS and install it. I figured i’d throw it into basic plug-and-play enclosure, then run scandisk and such using Windows 7.
Windows recognizes the drive, but offers no way to scan it. I assume that i’ll need to format before scanning. The only option that Win 7 gives me for formatting is NTFS, but the NAS uses ext4. Is there any point in formatting NTFS then scanning, or would i be better of doing all of this in my Ubuntu setup, or should i just chuck it in the NAS?
Any advice appreciated.