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Old 03-31-2010, 07:42 AM   #1
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Question How to access linux files from windows

I know that linux can be used to view window files as it can support the file formats supported by windows but is there any way to do the reverse??? Is there a way to access linux files from windows..........i've heard about linux reader but it supports only ext3,ext2 file formats as i have ext4.

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You need to look into setting up a Samba server on your Linux box. This allows you to (as I have done at home) set up a mapped network drive in Windows Explorer to your Linux filesystem and treat it as simply another drive in Windows.
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I have not had much luck with explore2fs on ext4 (ext3 worked fine), when the drive is mounted in windows and I try to access it, it asks if I want to format the drive. YMMV...
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:48 PM   #6
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you can use winscp to open/edit/copy linux files into your window...

Download winscp and do a telnet on the linux machine using it. 2 windows would open one side containing you windows local drives and other side you linux drive...
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The OP appears to be talking about a dual boot machine so there is no remote machine to access via samba or sftp when windows is running.

Explore2fs or colinux (as mentioned in the link from post 2) are therefore the options available. Explore2fs website does not mention ext4 so that might be the problem with post 4.

It is possible to modify an existing distribution to also boot as colinux (ie run linux from under windows when you want to get to the files) but I can't find the documentation. It must be on their website somewhere as I have done it once. It might take a little time and some reading though!

Perhaps the best solution is not to run windows, but then that isn't always possible for everyone!
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This is a Windows question, so it belongs to General.
Old 04-01-2010, 02:25 PM   #9
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Just remember, if you have to reinstall linux, use ext3.
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Although I have not tried it, the ext2fs project claims to support ext4. It does work fine with ext2 and ext3.


I looked at and linked the wrong page. I had meant to look at the ext2 IFS project, not ext2fs.

Ext2 IFS says nothing about ext4, so I doubt that it will work. *sigh*

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Old 04-03-2010, 09:20 PM   #11
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Just to ask a question on the side of the OP: What programs are there to mount Btrfs drives in Windows?
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Ext2explore works for the solution........
Thanks a lot.
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dmachop, would you put [SOLVED] in your op topic title to let us know that it's fixed? i dropped by and found you'd arrived at a solution. it will also let anyone else with a similar problem know that there is a fix.


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