Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Access Linux Partitions(ext2 /ext3 /ext4 ) in Windows(xp / vista / 7 / 8)

If you have DUAL Boot System with Linux and Windows, you must have faced the problem that you will not be able to access Linux Partitions in Windows. Because Windows doesn't support Linux Partitions (Ext2, Ext3, Ext4).

But there are few free software using which you can easily access linux partitions without switching to linux.
Here is the list of the software which are useful for accessing linux partitions:

1. Explore2fs

Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.

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2. Linux Reader for Windows

 DiskInternals Linux Reader provides for read-only access and does not allow you to make records in file system partitions. This guarantees that the interference in an alternative file system will not affect the work of Linux later. Apart from this, it is necessary to note, that it gives you an opportunity to use common Windows Explorer for extracting data. A preview option for pictures is one more pleasant point, which is worth mentioning.

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3. Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

 It provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access).It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys, which actually extends the Windows operating system to include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance O:). Files, and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in order to work with them.

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4. Ext2FSD

Ext2Fsd is an open source Linux ext2/ext3 file system driver created for Windows systems.
Ext2fsd is much stable for normal works, with writing access enabled. I use it on my own computer all along. The performance comes to be an issue when there's heavy I/O operations. That's the thing to do next step.
If you really need very heave writing i/O jobs, I strongly recommend you to create an ext2 partition as a swap between windows and linux systems.

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