Read and Write to Ext3 Filesystem from Windows onto Linux
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I am also trying to read/write to my Ext3 partition from Windows XP SP2.
I need to read AND write to my Ext3, which only ext2fsd can do. However, i've not had much luck with it.
From my understanding, ext2fsd is started using the "net start ext2fsd" command. That works fine for me. Then, according mount.exe, I type in "mount 0 6 l:" which mounts the first hard drive's 6th partition to the L: (for Linux :) drive. It claims success, but Windows can't read/write to it.
P.S. The only reason I use windows is because there's more programs written for it. And, i'm not very experienced with linux yet; i'm just more comfortable with Windows. Also, under KDE, the best driver for my video chipset (SiS) still isn't as smooth as the Windows driver for it. So it's easier on the eyes. I hate to say it, but Windows is more user-friendly, and better for "simple" tasks, if not more reliable.
P.P.S. Let's not make this a big windows vs linux debate. I'm sure there are other threads for that.
/dev/hda1 is WinXP
/dev/hda2 begins extended
/dev/hda3 is (going to be ntfs, currently) unformatted
/dev/hda4 is i have no clue
/dev/hda5 beats me
/dev/hda6 is ext3
/dev/hda7 is linux swap
/dev/hda8 is an ntfs intermediary i set up after i got captive-ntfs working, so that I don't have to mount windows as writeable (just in case **it happens)
My first idea was: if hard drives are zero-indexed, maybe partitions are too. So I did mount 0 5 and I got /dev/hda8. I tried all the others, and mount 0 3 got /dev/hda6. I guess it is the third real partition ( 1 is winxp, 2 is unformatted, 3 is ext3), so I guess it kinda makes sense....
A lot of (not very computer-literate) people complain that "computer are so hard to use..." I never thought that way, but if you get into the nitty-gritty details (like hard drive partitions) then I guess they have a point. But... how many non-computer literate people would actually bother with hard drive partitions? Just me
/dev/hda1 is WinXP................................0
/dev/hda2 begins extended..................n/a (virtual - no fs)
/dev/hda3 is unformatted.......................n/a (no fs)
/dev/hda4 is i have no clue...................1
/dev/hda5 beats me................................2
/dev/hda6 is ext3.....................................3
/dev/hda7 is linux swap.........................4
/dev/hda8 is an ntfs ...............................5
everything with a fs written to it gets a number starting at zero? Mounting the swap partition would be fun <nudge nudge> or recursively mounting winXP (0 0)?