Access Linux Files from Windows Ext2Fsd

How do I read Linux files from Windows or access files from Linux on Windows? Accessing a Linux filesystem from Windows to be able to read and use the information stored on a Linux partition can be accomplished in several ways. As was previously outlined in How to access Linux files from Windows.

However, you can also gain access to your Linux files on Windows by using a tool called Ext2Fsd. Which is an ext file system driver for Windows.

This open source tool ships with the drivers necessary for Windows to detect and mount an ext4, ext3 or ext2 file system as read only or with read and write access. Additionally, it comes with a Volume Manager and many other useful tools like mke2fs.exe (allowing you to create an ext formatted partition from Windows). Installation is simple and straight forward.

Ext2Fsd - Access Files from Linux to Windows

Access Files from Linux to Windows using Ext2Fsd Volume Manager

Here we are shown how easy it is to begin accessing Linux files from Windows. Notice how Windows Explorer is displaying the contents of a freshly formatted USB Flash Drive. This device was using a ext2 filesystem. The entire Linux File System was readable from within a running Windows operating environment. Though nothing had been stored there yet, any files placed there could become available between systems.

Accessing Linux files on USB from Windows

How to Read Linux Files on Windows

Here is how easy it is to Read Linux Files from Windows by using Ext2Fsd;

  1. Download and install Ext2Fsd.
  2. Ensure you enable Read and Write support for Ext2 and Ext3.
    Enable Ext Read and Write Options to access linux partition from windows
  3. Then reboot your computer to allow the changes to take effect.

If all went smoothly, you should now be able to access Linux partition from windows. Providing full read and write access to your ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystems. enabling you to finally open Linux files from Windows, and edit or use Linux files on Windows.