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ext3/ext4 Support?

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  • Does anyone know of a way to access my ext3/ext4 partitions in Windows 7?
    Monday, August 31, 2009 11:39 PM

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  • Hi Termina

     

    Windows 7 did not have feature to access ext3/ext4 partitions directly.

     

    You have two methods to access it in Windows 7:

     

    1: Use the third-party tool to access it. However, use the third-party tool need the below two requirement:

     

    a, Make sure the third-party tool can support ext4

    b, Make sure the third-party tool can run properly in Windows 7

     

    2: Install dual boot on the computer

     

    Reference: How to Access Linux Partitions (ext2, ext3) From Windows in Dual-Boot System?

     
    Notice:

     

    a, You can try the instructions to test it. This article did not mention it support Windows 7, so I cannot guarantee it work properly in Windows 7, but mostly it supported Windows Vista and Windows 2008, please test it.

    b, Ext2IFS cannot be installed directly, you have to run it under compatibility mode

     

    Please feel free to test it. Hope the above any one can help you solve this issue.

     

    Betty

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, September 07, 2009 5:45 AM
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 8:48 AM
  • I read a little more about Ext2Fsd.

    To get it to load in Vista or Server 2008, you have to disable driver signing and UAC.

    If you did the same in Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, it should work.  This might be somewhat harder to accomplish in Windows 7.

    For an extended learning experience, you could compile it yourself, using the Windows 7 DDK.  You could also join the project at SourceForge and post your results there.  But you would really have to be into it.
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, September 07, 2009 5:46 AM
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 7:07 PM

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  • Termina -

    I'm not aware of any native features in Windows 7 that will access *nix partitions. There are features in Windows that allow you to share a printer with a Unix based box, and there's a subsystem you can install that will help you with compiling and running Unix based apps on a Windows system.

    You can try a 3rd party tool - such as Ext2Fsd - This one's compatible with Vista and Server 2008. As it is, I don't know if it's Win 7 compatible or not, but the odds are, if it works on Vista, it should work on 7.

    If that doesn't work, there are others - Google is your friend...

    Tuesday, September 01, 2009 1:48 AM
  • But isn't the ext2 type driver missing journaling support that ext3 and up provides? That would be as bad as accessing a NTFS partition from Linux.
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    Tuesday, September 01, 2009 1:56 AM
  • According to the Ext2Fsd FAQ:  "Windows 7 or Windows server 2008 R2 are not supported yet."
    Tuesday, September 01, 2009 2:55 AM
  • Hi Termina

     

    Windows 7 did not have feature to access ext3/ext4 partitions directly.

     

    You have two methods to access it in Windows 7:

     

    1: Use the third-party tool to access it. However, use the third-party tool need the below two requirement:

     

    a, Make sure the third-party tool can support ext4

    b, Make sure the third-party tool can run properly in Windows 7

     

    2: Install dual boot on the computer

     

    Reference: How to Access Linux Partitions (ext2, ext3) From Windows in Dual-Boot System?

     
    Notice:

     

    a, You can try the instructions to test it. This article did not mention it support Windows 7, so I cannot guarantee it work properly in Windows 7, but mostly it supported Windows Vista and Windows 2008, please test it.

    b, Ext2IFS cannot be installed directly, you have to run it under compatibility mode

     

    Please feel free to test it. Hope the above any one can help you solve this issue.

     

    Betty

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, September 07, 2009 5:45 AM
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 8:48 AM
  • I read a little more about Ext2Fsd.

    To get it to load in Vista or Server 2008, you have to disable driver signing and UAC.

    If you did the same in Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, it should work.  This might be somewhat harder to accomplish in Windows 7.

    For an extended learning experience, you could compile it yourself, using the Windows 7 DDK.  You could also join the project at SourceForge and post your results there.  But you would really have to be into it.
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, September 07, 2009 5:46 AM
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 7:07 PM
  • I suspect you allowed Windows to write a signature on the disk.

    You don't want to allow that without backing up the MBR and boot sector(s).

    I usually boot an old Norton Utilities CD and use diskedit to write a copy of the MBR to the next physical sector in the first track.  I then write the boot sector to the sector after that.

    You need to be careful because sometimes portions of the first track are used by BIOS or other RAID applications.  But you can usually tell.
    Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:31 PM