Asked by Payal K.
Q. I would like to know – can I access Linux ext3 partitions from windows 2000 server (dual boot) or windows XP desktop, as I have tons of MP3 and video files downloaded under Linux.
A. It is true that you can easily access your Windows partitions from Linux. However with small free utility called Explore2fs you can easily access Linux ext3 or ext2 partitions too without any problem.
Does ext3 work with windows?
Short answer – Yes.
You can always get your favorite MP3/video or PDF file stored inside Linux ext3 file system. This utility works on
- Windows 95
- Windows 98
- Windows ME
- Windows NT 4.0
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003
However please note that I don’t recommend to install this utility on a production Linux serer (if you have one) as it does not enforce security permission from windows operating system.One more thing before using this utility make sure you have a backup of all important data.
=> You can download Explore2fs, the WIN32 explorer for Linux ext2fs partitions here.
Read and Write access to Linux file system from Windows
As pointed out by Anonymous user you can use Ext2 Installable File System For Windows, which provide Complete reading and writing access to files and directories of volumes with the Ext2 or Ext3 file system. You can download the software here.