For those who are dual booting Linux and Windows, it may so happen that the user wants to access the files available in the Linux partition while surfing the Windows version. Always keep it in mind that Linux features built-in support for any Windows NTFS partition; however, the same is not true for Windows. This means, Windows doesn’t have that facility to read Linux partitions. But don’t get upset. It can read Linux partitions if some suitable third party software gets installed to the Windows drive. In the next few lines, the readers will be introduced to some applications and ways of using them to access the files available on Linux partition from Windows. Before approaching any further, one important information to give: More than 90% of Linux distributors use Exit4file system by default to share files available in the Windows partition. There are certain applications that support the Ext4file system. These applications also support the Ext2 as well Ex3 file systems. There are applications that even support ReiserFS. Have a look at the applications and easy ways to operate them:
Ext2Fsd is basically a Windows driver for accessing Ext2, Ext3, and Ext4 file systems. It allows Windows to access and read the Linux files, thus allowing access to entire Linux file system via a certain drive letter that any of the program can easily access. The user can easily enjoy Ext2Fsd launch every time the machine boots. The user can even open it any time he/she wants it to be. The app offers best read-only support option without creating any sort of mess. Ext2 Volume Manager App allows the user to define the mount points for Linux partition and change the settings of Ext2Fsd. Those who don’t want Ext2Fsd to boot every time during the machine start-up, they can change the settings easily. Simply go to “Tools”. From there, click the “Service Management” tab. Once clicked, the Ex2Fsd service will be started. There is no need to do anything more as the driver automatically mounts & assign drive letters to the Linux partitions by default. The user will find that the Linux partitions being mounted at their own driver letters in Windows Explorer. Now, the user can easily access the files from any of the applications available on the Windows platform. There is no need for copying files to the Windows partition before accessing them. Direct accessing becomes easier. Remember, the file system being displayed is actually Ext4. However, the Ext2Fsd apps can easily read them.
It is mainly an open-source application that works only for the Ext4, Ext2, and Ext3 partitions. It lacks the file previewing facility. However, the major advantage is that it does not require any sort of installation. Simply download the .exe file and then run it. Remember, the user should run the .exe program as administrator otherwise there will be error message displaying. To run the .exe program as administrator, simply right click the menu and click the “run as administrator” tab. Those who want to save some additional time, they need to visit the file’s “properties” windows and then enable the “Run as administrator” option.
It is a freeware app available from Disk Internals Developers. It not only supports the Ext file systems, but also the ReiserFS as well HFS and HFS+ file systems. Because of Its read-only nature there is absolutely no chance of damaging the Linux file system. It does not provide access to the Linux drive files through drive letter. It’s entirely a separate app for browsing the Linux partition files.