Accessing a Linux Ext2 or Ext3 partiton from Windows

How to access a Linux ext2 or ext3 partition from Windows. Do you have files on your Linux system you would like to share with Windows? This is especially useful if you dual boot Windows and Linux on your machine. Maybe you have some mp3's, Video's, Favorites, e-Mail and more you would like to have access to from both operating environments? You no longer have to shut down Windows and boot Linux!

Accessing a Linux partition from Windows is relatively easy to accomplish and can be done via the download of a Free utility called Explore2fs.

How to Access a Linux Ext2 or Ext3 partition in Windows

Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.


explore2fs Screenshot

Explore2fs Home Page: Explore2fs

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

Read and Write access to Ext2 and Ext3 from Windows

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

Ext2 IFS (Installable File System) for Windows

Ext2 IFS offers full read and write access to Linux Ext2 volumes.

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. Reboot to allow the changes to take effect

Update: Another tool, called Ext2Fsd is our favorite Windows Ext2, Ext3 Read/Write Access tool. it comes with a few extra features. You can read about it in our Access Ext2 and Ext3 from Windows section.