Mount Ext2 / Ext3 linux partitions inside Windows

Ext2 Installable file system (Ext2IFS / Ext2fs) is a file system device driver, which allows reading and writing of Linux partitions formatted as Ext2 / Ext3, and mount them inside Windows like they were normal FAT / NTFS partitions.
  • Note Ext3 is pretty much Ext2 with journal support, so unless accessing a Ext3 partition with uncommitted journal entries (improper shutdown), then Ext3 partitions can be accessed like a Ext2 partition.
Ext2fsd is also a Ext2 file system device driver, which acts as an extension to mount Ext2 partitions from within Windows and read and write files on the partition, and beginning support for Ext3 journaling (Open source and can also be used on Vista).

Explore2fs cannot map Ext2 volumes as normal drive letters, but is a GUI explorer tool for browsing Ext2 partitions within Windows. They are also working on Virtual Volumes that will make it possible to mount Ext2 (and other partition formats like LVM and ReiserFS) inside Windows (Still BETA).

DiskInternals Linux Reader is a GUI explorer for browsing Ext2 / Ext3 partitions, which can be used to access files on Linux partitions inside Windows.


  1. Dan says:

    Yeah, and Ext2IFS also supposedly uses GPL'd code against the license.

  2. tom says:

    one problem i did face with the ext2IFS driver was that once installed i had lots of problems using windows update for some reason (prob due to my ham fisted xp install!!) but using autopatcher got around the issue.
    Not a fix but i stopped using the driver & just use the gui or cmd tool to access what i need from ubuntu install which these day's is getting less & less due to the fact im logged into ubuntu more than windows now :0)

    most games also work with a glass of wine too :0)

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