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How-To access and browse Linux partitions from Windows ?

By Debjit on November 28th, 2009 

For users who Dual Boot Windows and Linux, accessing files from their linux partitions while in windows has never been a good enough experience. But, we now have many tools that make this problem a cakewalk. Let us see a few of these softwares and their features:

tux_1024x768Explore2fs (Recommended)

It 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.Among its many features, the most noteworthy are support for Read-Only ext2 and ext3, drag-n-drop, export files as binary and text, export entire directories, large file and disk support, ReiserFS detection and Unicode UTF8 support. Since it supports only Read-Only access to your Linux partitions you can be free of any worries of any inadvertant error that could happen otherwise. You  can copy all the require files in your Linux partition using this program. The only glitch being, when you try to copy or move large files, the window gives a Not Responding note, but in the backgroung the process is continued. So no need of quitting the program when this happens

Visit the Explore2fs Website, Download the Program.

Disk Internals Linux Reader

This is also another good tool that serves the purpose in a smart way. In addition to all the features that the Explore2fs program possesses, a very noteworthy feature is that Linux Reader gives you an opportunity to use common Windows Explorer for extracting data. A preview option for pictures is one more pleasant thing, which is worth mentioning.

Visit the Linux Reader Website, Download the Program.

Ext2 Installable

The most notable feature of this software is that it provides Write access to Linux Partitions too. But this could be a drawback too as any careless editing or modification of configuration files on your Linux System might render your Linux boz unbootable. It provides support for all Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Visit the Ext2 Installable Website, Download the program.


How-To access and browse Linux partitions from Windows ? was originally published on on February 1, 2009 - 2:30 pm (Indian Standard Time)