Well, I must admit that you sure sound like you know what is what!! "It's normal Linux EXT3+XFS partitions with Real-Time extension. If you want to know, I will answer to your questions ... if you don't - no need to spread WAG. BTW, only recordings are encrypted." That is good information!! I kinda figured the directory would be readable and the data in the files would be encrypted. "Use mount command from that Copy... thread." I looked at that copy thread and I was confused by the mkdir commands. I don't want to make any directories, I just want to do a ls -lat of the eSATA. Here was my plan: mount ....... ls -lat (on the dev) (save the information) umount ..... logout Could you (pretty please) look at my dmesg above to get the device name and show me exactly what the mount command would look like. I would be eternally grateful!!