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Old 07-28-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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access my ext3 partitions via XP?


Hi

I have XP and ubuntu hardy installed on the same machine (dual booting)

From XP, how can I access my /home partition? I have some music on there I'd like to get at.

I'm assuming there is some free windows tool you can download to mount/view these partitions?

Thanks
J
 
Old 07-28-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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You want Linux Reader:

http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/

Last edited by KasMage; 07-28-2008 at 01:49 PM. Reason: Took jiml8's advice
 
Old 07-28-2008, 01:30 PM   #3
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What you really want is the ext2/3 filesystem for Windows:

http://www.fs-driver.org/

edit: Please note that I did not link you to an executable. This is because, in my not at all humble opinion, you should be free to look around at the website and decide for yourself, rather than find yourself downloading an executable just because you clicked on a link.

Personally, I am more than just a little bit annoyed when I click on a link and get an executable shipped to me.

That said, I will tell you that this file system is hands down the best solution to accessing Linux partitions from Windows since it installs the filesystem and allows you to assign drive letters to linux partitions, just like NTFS or FAT partitions.

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Old 07-28-2008, 05:45 PM   #4
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I would suggest that you mount your XP partition from Linux (if you still have it) and copy the files to your windows directory. If you didn't explicitly format your windows partition as FAT32, you would need ntfs-3g for writing to NTFS.
 
Old 07-28-2008, 11:14 PM   #5
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Hi,
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Personally, I am more than just a little bit annoyed when I click on a link and get an executable shipped to me.

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You could always cancel or refuse the download. Most ftp or http downloads gives you that option.
 
Old 07-28-2008, 11:17 PM   #6
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Hi,


You could always cancel or refuse the download. Most ftp or http downloads gives you that option.
Only when the browser asks if it should download, and only when the download is long enough that it isn't finished before you can get the mouse to the cancel button.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 06:40 PM   #7
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Hi,

I use Firefox for Linux and M$. Both give you the option to save or open before any download is allowed. That is the default for FF. I'm not sure which browser you are using. But that is not the norm for files to be downloaded without permission for most browsers.
 
Old 07-30-2008, 08:13 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies,

I've tried the linux reader, and although it does the job, I'm not too keen on having it as a separate application, and it appears to look like Windows Explorer, yet Copy&Paste isn't easy

I think this fs-driver is what I need, but haven't had a chance to look at it yet

Thanks
 
Old 07-30-2008, 08:30 AM   #9
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One the (very rare) occasions that I boot into Windows, I use the ext2fsd driver to access my shared data files---all of which are ext3. So far, it has worked perfectly.
 
Old 08-15-2008, 10:20 AM   #10
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I've tried the fs-drive.org link that was posted above.

It downloaded and installed OK, I rebooted my machine and could see the ext3 partitions in "My Computer", but if I try to go into one of those drives I'm prompted with "drive not formatted, would you like to format now?"

If I go into Control panel and look at the settings, the drives show up with their correct capacity and so forth, yet the system somehow thinks they are unformatted

Any ideas?

Thanks
 
Old 08-15-2008, 10:57 AM   #11
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I've had no such issues with the ext2fsd driver. (On Windows 2000)
 
Old 08-15-2008, 11:33 AM   #12
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The Ext2fs driver doesn't work for 256 byte inodes (which is now the default on ext3); if you've "recently" made your file systems you might have that problem. I don't know whether Linux reader has the problem, haven't tried it.
 
  


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