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

Ext2Fsd Volume Manager

Windows Explorer displaying the contents of my freshly Ext2 formatted Flash Drive.

Ext2 formatted Flash Drive in Explorer

Ext2Fsd Home Page: Ext2Fsd

How to access your Ext2 or Ext3 Partitions from Windows

  1. Download and install Ext2Fsd
  2. Ensure you enable Read and Write Support for Ext2 and Ext3 Ext2Fsd Read and Write Options
  3. 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.

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