How to Read Ext2 / Ext3 File System From Windows Computer

This software is must if you dual boot between Linux and Windows laptop / desktop computer.

I’ve already written about Explore2fs and other programs to grant read and write access to Linux ext3 partitions / files from a Windows box. There is a new program called Linux Reader which allows safe and quick access to alternative file systems. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems and extract files from there. From the project home page:

First of all, DiskInternals Linux Reader is absolutely free. Secondly, the program provides for read-only access and does not allow you to make records in Ext2/Ext3 file system partitions. This guarantees that the interference in an alterative 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.

(Fig 01: Linux Reader in Action under Windows XP [ image credit ])

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  • simon Dec 31, 2007 @ 18:03

    you might also be interested in using the ext2 ifs driver for windows . The driver assigns a driveletter to your ext2/3 partition and you can use it like any other disk drive – with read and write support! on my laptop i’m using a 20gb windows fat32-partition (since windows can’t boot off an ext3 volume) and a 80gb ext3 linux partition. works great and i can use files bigger than 4gb on any system 🙂
    it’s also a great filesystem for external harddrives. you can keep a small fat partition with the ifs-driver on the hdd so that you have the driver ready if you visit someone who uses windoze.
    the only problem is that the driver refuses to mount the partition if it’s not clean (needs an fsck).

  • Kulvinder Singh Dec 7, 2009 @ 5:03

    Dear viewers

    I hve a nas storage device working fr last 2 years some days ago i face problem then i open the device and take my hard drivers and send it device to dlink service center for repair and now device is ok bt not accepting my hard drivers my data is there and i cnt format so i called to dlink and they said this is ext23 file system you doenload linux reader and get ur data bt this is not succses so pls suggest me wht i can do for recover my data.

    • Gintas Apr 5, 2011 @ 14:51

      The solution is to burn a PuppyLinux into CD or USB and backup all data into DVDs.
      Download the PuppyLinux from here:

  • carolinason Oct 24, 2010 @ 13:32

    it won’t read ext3

  • Gintas Apr 5, 2011 @ 14:50

    I am giving a try on that EXT2 IFS driver. A ext2fsd app made a computer crash a lot on my Windows XP SP3,but on the other computer I didn’t had any problems with it.

  • manikandan Mar 7, 2012 @ 8:57

    i will need into a windows in file system

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