Accessing Linux’s ext2 and ext3 filesystems from your Windows box

To give you an example, let’s say, I have a dual-booted PC installed with Windows and Linux operating system.  I can easily access my ntfs files on my linux distro and how could I do that in reverse on my Windows operating system either?

Explore2fs solves the problem. It is a WIN32 explorer for Linux ext2fs partitions by John Newbigin that can read ext2 and ext3 linux’s filesystems from your Windows.

Explore2fs was originally written for Windows NT and now it supports the various releases of Windows:

  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows Server 2003

The latest version also supports the following features:

  • Reads ext2
  • Reads ext3
  • Drag & Drop
  • 1.44Meg Floppy Disk Support
  • LS120 Floppy Disk Support
  • ZIP & Jazz Disk Support
  • USB & CF Disk Support
  • CDROM Support
  • Supports Windows 98 extended partition scheme
  • Export files as binary
  • Export files as text
  • Export directory
  • View/Execute file
  • Large disk support
  • Large file support
  • LVM2
  • ReiserFS Detection
  • Unicode UTF8 support
  • Preserve time stamps on export

Try and download it here.

Last Update: June 5, 2010

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  1. for linux users, you can use ntfs-3g driver to read/write windows partition and then add a symbolic link from your linux dir… this is convenient if you ran out of space in linux.

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