A Window to your Ext!

Most of us today have dual operating systems running on our computers.To be precise anybody who uses the computer for anything more than just games or surfing the net will definitely have Linux installed on their systems, Windows being the other one(quite obvious!).

Anyways file access across operating systems is not allowed and while using one os it is not possible to access files in the alternate os without booting into it. If you currently have Windows running and you realize that you need some files for your work which you have stored on an Ext2 volume of your Linux installation, you no longer have to shut down Windows and boot Linux!

Click on the following link to download this free software…


What this tool actually does is, it names another partition in windows itself that will enable you to access all your linux files even without booting into it!

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7 Responses to A Window to your Ext!

  1. drwhen says:

    http://www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs this has been around from the loooongest time, nothing recent, please get ur facts straight.

  2. divyad says:

    @drwhen- please go through the facts rightly before claiming the superiority of explore2fs.
    for your ease i have outlined them here:

    Explore2fs is a GUI EXPLORER tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can READ almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.Features:

    *Reads ext2
    *Reads ext3
    * Export files as binary
    * Export files as text
    * Export directory
    * View/Execute file

    HOWEVER, FS-DRIVER, provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access) It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver, which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating system to include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance G:). Files, and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in order to work with them.
    Therefore you have complete reading and writing access to files and directories of volumes with the Ext2 or Ext3 file system.
    It supports features which are specific to the I/O-system of Windows: Byte Range Locks, Directory Notfication (so the Explorer updates the view of a directory on changes within that directory), Oplocks (so SMB clients are able to cache the content of files).
    It allows Windows to run with paging files on Ext2 volumes.

    And what i like most is that access rights are not maintained.

  3. divyad says:

    btw its a shame, you have to hide from a lil girls blog

    Reverse DNS for Location: India [City: Bangalore, Karnataka]
    netname: BSNLNET
    descr: NIB (National Internet Backbone)
    descr: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited

    so stop hiding behind the bush and come out….jerk

  4. Nirmal says:


    go girl!

    @drwhen- you are messing with a linuxchix (http://linuxchix.org/). you must be brave.

  5. drwhen says:

    notice that i did not mention anything about ‘the superiority of explore2fs’

    perhaps i should have put it more across in more words, my mistake, i agree…. your post made it sound like the idea of accessing files between OSes, not HoW, was something new. i posted the link to explore2fs to counter that. even fs-driver is atleast a year old if not more.

    note that if i hadn’t posted what i did, you wouldn’t have gone on this replying crusade n come to know the difference between the two software.

    Thanks, n seriously, little girl or linuxchick or not, no hard feelings.

    if i wanted to hide, i would have used a proxy.

    my name is arvind. i’m not hiding, i dont love my name.

  6. drwhen says:

    and please, linuxchick, dont copy n paste descriptions, its beneath you 🙂

  7. divyad says:

    cool. btw i already KNEW the difference between explore2fs and fs-driver and i do not advertise products on my blog, i only write about something that i find interesting… so it would be better if you did your research well before posting comments.

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