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Old 12-19-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Ext3 driver for Windows


I use a dual boot system (I'm a gamer ).
And I just bought a new sata hdd (400gb).
But I want it to be fully accessible by the two OS's.
Captive ntfs could be an option, but imo isn't reliable and mature enough.

So I'd like windows to fully support a windows filesystem.
Is this possible? Complete read/write acces, installing and playing games.. with the driver active everytime I reboot (without noticing it)?

I've heard about
But it's mainly for ext2 (incomplete read/write support for ext3)
And I'd like to use a journalised fs..

Any ideas?

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Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem
is what your looking for.
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But will games be able to use it?
It seems the program is not inherent in windows (as a driver would be)..
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Why would you be installing games on an ext3 partition? Consider this, rather: if you can't install your Windows (or don't want to) on a FAT partition, create a smallish NTFS partition for your Windows installation, a big enough partition for your Linux and use the rest space to create a FAT(32) partition onto which you install your games etc. which you want to access from both operating systems (btw. if you can play the games on Linux, why have Windows, or if you can't play them on Linux, why bother installing them someplace where Linux could access them?). Fat32 is read/writeable from both operating systems; NTFS is perfectly readable, only writing to it isn't complete. Maybe add somekind of ext3 reading program to Windows, and you can read files from both operating systems and write anything you like to the FAT space (at least).

I don't see much sense in your system if you have a "clean" dual-boot and want to either be able to write to your Linux ext3 (i.e. install games), or write to NTFS, since you could just as well get rid of the problems and use a FAT32 (or other format which both can read).


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