Accessing Linux Files from Windows

Accessing Linux files from Windows. The following process covers methods that can be used to read a Linux ext2 or ext3 partition from Windows. This is useful when you have files on your Linux system you want to share with Windows.

Perhaps you dual boot Windows and Linux on your machine? Moreover, maybe you have some mp3’s, Videos, Favorites, e-Mail and more you would like to have access to from both operating environments? You do not have to shut down Windows and then boot into Linux to use those Linux files! You just need an ext2/ext3 Linux filesystem driver for Windows.

Accessing Linux files from Windows

Accessing files on a Linux partition from Windows is relatively easy to accomplish by using a Free utility called Explore2fs. Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems and partitions. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.

Explore2fs shown reading a Linux filesystem From Windows

Accessing Linux files from Windows - ext3 explorer

Installing Explore2fs ext3 explorer

Project Home Page: Explore2fs

  1. Download and install Explore2fs – WIN32 explorer for Linux ext2fs partitions.
  2. Then, reboot to allow the changes to take effect.

You should now be able to access & read files stored on Linux partitions from Windows.

Read and Write Linux Partition access from Windows

Alternately, to gain complete read-write access to Linux files and directories of volumes using Ext2 or Ext3 file systems, from Windows, you could use the following tool.

Ext2 IFS (Installable File System) for Windows

This tool offers full read and write access to Linux Ext volumes and filesystems.

Ext2 IFS Home Page: Ext2 IFS

How to allow read and write access to Ext2 and Ext3 partitions from Windows.

  1. Download and install Ext2 IFS.
  2. Then reboot to allow the changes to take effect.

Update: Another tool, called Ext2Fsd is my personal favorite Windows Ext2, Ext3 Read/Write Access tool. It comes with a few extra features. You can learn more about this tool from the Access Linux Files from Windows post. It is essentially an ext3 explorer that enables you to easily read ext3 on Windows.