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How to read and write from linux ext3 partition in windows
Posted on May 24, 2009, 2:51 am EST
As a Software Engineer, I like to experiment many languages and operating systems. That is why I duel boot Linux (Ubuntu), Windows (XP), and an Apple Laptop (OSX). When I am working with Chromium (Open source browser for Google Chrome), I would like to access my ext3 Linux partition from Windows so I could work on the same code base. I will discuss which solutions I found working and efficient.
As far as I know, I heard of two softwares which allows an ext2 file system driver for winnt/win2k/winxp.
- Ext2-IFS - http://www.fs-driver.org/
- Ext2Fsd - http://ext2fsd.sourceforge.net/projects/projects.htm#ext2fsd
They are both file system drivers which are pure kernel mode, that extends the Windows operating system to include the Ext2 file system.
Ext2-IFS has a superb user interface to it, and I love UIs! While Ext2Fsd has more adminstrations. I tried both, but Ext2-IFS didn't work for me for some reason, it kept on saying "The disk in drive ? is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" I really wanted it to work, but Ext2Fsd worked flawlessly after a restart.
Now I have my Linux-Windows bridge connected :)