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Access Linux Files from Windows

By: mendesdomnic

April 24, 2009 8:00 am





If you have Linux and Windows installed i.e you dual-boot on your pc you might have experienced that it is no problem to read Windows files and access Windows partitions in Linux, but that it is indeed a problem to access Linux files, hard drives and partitions in Windows. Below are a few tools to help you access Linux files in Windows. These applications are completely free.

For Read Only Access

Linux Reader
Emulates the look and feel of the Windows XP Explorer and allows read-only access to ext2 and ext3-formatted drives. Linux Reader can also search through Linux images and mount images for browsing.

Download Linux Reader here:

It 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.
Download Explore2fs here:

ReiserDriver is an Installable File System Driver (IFSD), used to easily (and natively!) read ReiserFS disk partitions under Microsoft Windows (2K/XP) by allowing ReiserFS partitions to appear as additional disks to the Windows operating system.
Download ReiserDriver here:

For Read and Write Access

If you intend not only to read the Linux partition but also to write on it, EXT2 IFS is the perfect choice.
Download EXT2 IFS here:

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Categories: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Technical Solutions

Disclaimer: As with everything else at SUSE Conversations, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.


  1. By:ecyoung

    Was hoping you or someone came across a comparable app for ext4? I’ve used both LinuxReader and Explore2Fs in the past, but ext4 is an issue now with newer Linux distros.

  2. By:mendesdomnic

    Support for Ext4 is limited.

    Ext4 Fs is forward compatible with Ext2 and Ext3,so ext2fsd should be able to Read it.You will need to access the ext4 as an ext2 FS, Basically you will be using features of Ext2 on the Ext4 filesystem

    Check this article

    Lets try this…