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Ext2 File System Driver for Windows (Ext2Fsd)

Ext2Fsd is an Open Source ext2/ext3 file system driver for Windows systems (NT and above). It enables you to read and write ext2/3 partitions (and therefore exchange data with most Linux systems without the limits of Fat).

Installation

Windows

XP and above

Simply download the newest Ext2Fsd-<version>.exe Windows installer and execute it with administrator privileges.

Tips and tricks

What's the difference to Ext2IFS?

Ext2IFS is simply a freeware tool doing the same job as Ext2Fsd (in general). But it provides less features and is closed source. Additionally, the Ext2Fsd authors are testing the driver if it works smoothly with TrueCrypt und Acronis Backup software. IMHO, there is no more reason to favor Ext2IFS over Ext2Fsd.

Is there any problem if a ext3 partition is mounted as ext2

In general: no. ext3 is “ext2 + journal”. If there is a dirty umount when the journal is not used, you simply need much more time for the following FS check cause the journal can't be used/is inactive. But you don't lose any features when re-mounting a ext3 partition which was mounted as ext2 or something like that. FIXME Describe more details.

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