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Old 04-06-2006, 03:21 AM   #1
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How can i read and write to a ext3 partition from windows

Hi Guys is there any utility to read and write into an ext3 partion from windows if i have got a single pc with RedHat and windows dual boot..?

Old 04-06-2006, 03:25 AM   #2
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Do you really want to trust a windows app to write on your linux filesystem?
Old 04-06-2006, 03:33 AM   #3
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In general - you can't.

Paragon has a proprietary system called "mount everything" here:

Or you can try LTOOLS:
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if you only want to read from ext2 and ext3, then I'd suggest this little program. It looks like windows explorer, but it reads your linux partitions. It doesn't support writing to ext2/3.
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Have a look at this. Never used it, but seen good recommendations - and yes I know it says ext2; keep reading.
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"this" site really works as if like the disk is fat32 or ntfs.

this is an IFs installable file system. and is free.
Old 04-19-2006, 02:07 AM   #7
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this is an IFs installable file system. and is free.
... some care needs to be taken here. The software is explicitly stated to be "freeware" - which is "no charge". I cannot find anything on any page on the site which states which licence this is released under.

However: it was originally developed as part of an academic thesis ... usually such things are proprietary to the institution the student is enrolled with. It is possible you need special permission to modify it. Another clue would be if the source is not available.

Most folk posting here wouldn't care much. But consider: someone may feel inspired to develop this approach for other non-windows filesystems. How free are they to do so?

I think we should be sure who owns the software before we start getting too enthusuastic about it being "free".


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