Ext2Fsd, access your Linux partitions from Windows


For users of Linux, accessing your Windows files is something that is implicitly part of your capabilities with the operating system. And it is that since its inception the great free operating system has offered compatibility with the fat, fat32 and nfts file systems, with which those who install it can natively access the files stored in those partitions.

However, the inverse is not true and Microsoft does not offer support for their operating systems to be able to access Linux partitions and this complicates things quite a bit for users of dual boot systems, and it is that no matter how much we prepare things to have the most important documents in the Windows partition so that we can access them at all times there are times when we really need something that we only have in Linux.

Luckily there are tools developed by third parties that allow us to get around the limitations that Microsoft products have, and a very interesting one is Ext2Fsd, which allows us to access our Linux partitions from Windows. All in a very simple way and with several additional features that will allow us to enhance our activity when we are forced to stay for a while in the Microsoft operating system.

For example, we have support for lread and write ext2 and ext3 volumes, for various codepages (UTF8, CP950, etc), for the automatic assignment of mount points, for the indexing of htree directories, for the use of large inodes (128 onwards), and for the handling files larger than 4 GB, in addition to allowing us CIFS sharing over a network.

To start using Ext2Fsd We have to download and install this tool (for which we follow its simple wizard) and then start it, after which we will see a screen approximately similar to the one we see in the image that accompanies this post, where we will be shown the basic information of all our partitions: type, file system, total size, size used, codepage and type of partition. To mount any of these partitions, we simply double-click on them and verify that the checkbox next to 'Automatically mount via Ext2Mgr', in addition to having a drive letter assigned (F in our case) which is where we will find it in Windows Explorer.

We click on 'Apply' and we can start access our Linux partitions from Windows.

Website: Ext2Fsd

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  1.   Jimmy olano said

    The title of the post should be "access your partitions in Windows from Linux",
    at least within my logic. 8-)

  2.   Alexander said

    since I mounted the linux partition on windows I can no longer enter linux I get an error with the partition help