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Old 06-25-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Accessing Linux filesystems from Windows

First of all, this is not a "strategic partioning for dual-boot" question. I'm already familiar with that.

I am curious if there are any tools, preferably free, that allow one to both read and write on any of the linux filesystems, ext3 or reiserfs, in particular from Windows. Doesn't have to be through Explorer.exe. They could be command-line.
Old 06-25-2004, 07:13 PM   #2
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Try explore2fs
Old 06-25-2004, 07:20 PM   #3
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and for reiserfs there is rfstool and its gui is called YAReG
Old 06-25-2004, 07:22 PM   #4
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googling returned this link, but it seems to be dead.
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"and for reiserfs there is rfstool and its gui is called YAReG"

Interesting, but do you have any personal experience using these. I don't have reiserf file-system at the moment.

I may check out Colinux and see what it's like.
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As a general comment, writing to a Windows partition from within Linux (or vice versa) should not be considered a well supported function. If you accept those limitations, that's fine, but I would not suggest relying on them. -- J.W.
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There's a plugin for Total Commander to read from and write to ext2 and ext3 partitions. I can't give you any links (because I forgot the name and I'm lazy), but I know it exists.
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Exclamation YAReG moves + TotalCommander Plugin

thanks for spreading the word about my rfstool GUI YAReG!
Since this thread is - after Google and the rfstool page of course - the third best referrer to the YAReG page I think it makes sense to mention here that YAReG is moving and its new home is now at

> do you have any personal experience using these

Well, my opinion surely is subjective; however, just read YAReG's page to see what it is supposed to do - and trust me it *really* does it. ;-)
Putting it short: if you have .NET installed, it acts like a Windows Explorer window listing your reiserFS partitions and giving you read access to those partitions (e.g. by using drag-and-drop).

> There's a plugin for Total Commander

I'm not sure if you meant that one, but on there is a list of TC plugins, including one that also uses rfstool and can access ReiserFS and ext2. ext3 is not mentioned on that page, though.


P.S.: I hope you don't consider this message as spam and you understand that I only post this to avoid having a broken link to YAReG with no hint that it just moved, not disappeared. I'm not earning a cent by YAReG or its page and I'm not going to. This message is my second of this kind on and will stay the last one.


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