Access Ext2 and Ext3 from Windows using Ext2Fsd
Accessing Ext3 and Ext2 partitions from Windows can be accomplished using a few different methods, as previously noted in (How to access a Linux partition from Windows). However, one of the easiest methods is by using a tool called Ext2Fsd. This tool ships with the drivers necessary for windows to detect and mount an Ext2 or Ext3 filesystem as read only or read/write. Additionally, Ext2Fsd comes with a Volume Manager and many other useful tools like mke2fs.exe (allowing you to actually create an ext2 formatted partition from windows). Installation is simple and straight forward.
Ext2Fsd – Ext2 Ex3 Volume Manager Screenshot
Windows Explorer displaying the contents of my freshly Ext2 formatted Flash Drive.
Ext2Fsd Home Page: Ext2Fsd
How to access your Ext2 or Ext3 Partitions from Windows
- Download and install Ext2Fsd
- Ensure you enable Read and Write Support for Ext2 and Ext3
- Reboot your computer to allow the changes to take effect
If all goes well, you should now have access to your Ext2 or ext3 filesystems.