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that's probably because ext2 was used in earlier versions of RedHat/Fedora Core (and other older distributions), and the new ones usually use ext3 or reiserfs by default. so you'll need to get some driver that supports the filesystem your FC5 is installed in - probably ext3. you can check this out by running the command
in linux (terminal), which gives info about your mounted filesystems. check out the line that tells you something is mounted to / and that line also tells you what filesystem it is (again, probably ext3).
towy71 is right, but not quite 100% right. The problem is that Fedora now uses the LVM system by default. The Logical Volume Manager can partition the Logical Volume with any filesystem, and I believe FC4+ still defaults to ext3. That could be seen from Window$ if it were a simple physical partition, but that nature of a LVM makes it NOT a physical partition. You can see /boot because it is a simple physical partition, and it contains the info for the system to find the rest of the data on your machine, but that is done within linux.
I know live CDs can locate LVM and mount them, but I don't know if the explore2fs program will include LVM abilities. I just checked the homepage for explore2fs, and it claims as of version 1.07 it supported LVM, with better support expected in 1.08. If that comes through you'll be all set, if not you'll have to do what was suggested earlier and use a fat32 partition to share data.
Thanks Jim explorefs2 deos detect the LVM drive but thats all.If you have to use any data on the LVM drive ,you need to copy it to your Windows drive.Also you don't have any write access.Is there any way out?
What is it you are trying to do? Since you wanted to access it from windows, I thought you just needed to see something, or get something you downloaded from linux to your win side. Explore2fs allows you to import a file from linux to win, where you can do whatever with it, then export it back. If you just want to change a file, it would be much easier to boot with knoppix or whatever live distro you like, mount the old drive, edit it, then be done.
i have the same issue with FC5
explorefs2 only detects the /boot because it is physical ext3
but the swap /root and /home partitions are all part of a Logical Volume Group... and it does not let you mount the logical group partition.
i tried with another similiar program... same result.....
and i duno about FAT32... im sure it works, but i'd rather leave my LVM's unless i start a clean install of both windows and linux (which took like 10 days to install and configure to where i have it now....)