Accessing your Linux Files from Windows. Reading Ext3 and Ext2 partitions from Windows can be accomplished using a few different methods, as previously outlined in (How to access Linux files from Windows). However, one of the easiest methods to read and use Linux files from Windows is by using a tool called Ext2Fsd.
This tool ships with the drivers necessary for Windows to detect and mount an Ext2 or Ext3 File System 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
Here we are shown accessing Linux files on USB from Windows. Notice how Windows Explorer is displaying the contents of a freshly formatted USB Flash Drive. This device uses an Ext2 filesystem. The entire Linux File System is now readable from Windows. Though nothing has been stored there yet.
How to Access and Read Linux Files from Windows
Ext2Fsd Official Home Page
- Download and install Ext2Fsd.
- Ensure you enable Read and Write Support for Ext2 and Ext3.
- Then reboot your computer to allow the changes to take effect.
If all went smoothly, you should now have full read and write access to your Ext2 or ext3 filesystems. Finally, being able to read or use Linux files from Windows.