Access Linux files from Windows; Accessing Linux Files from Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP. Reading Ext4, 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 Linux files from Windows is by using a tool called Ext2Fsd. With it, you can open Linux files from Windows.
This 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 actually create an ext2 formatted partition from windows). Installation is simple and straight forward.
Ext2Fsd – Access Linux Files from Windows
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.
How to Access and Read Linux Files from Windows
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- 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 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.