How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

If you are a dual-boot system of Windows and Linux user, you probably know that Linux could access partition in Windows, while Windows couldn’t access partition in Linux. The effect is, you won’t be able to access your data which is stored in Linux from Windows.

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

 

How can this happen?

Windows and Linux use different file systems. Windows uses FAT32 and NTFS, while Linux uses ext2 and ext3. in addition of able to read ext2, ext3, ext4, Linux is also able to read FAT32 and NTFS. It is different with Windows which isn’t able to read ext2, ext3, and ext4 file system. It often troubled us when accessing Windows and need to open some data stored in Linux.

 

How to read Linux partition in Windows?

To read Linux partition in Windows, you need to install some additional software. In this article, SpyOnTech will give you five best software you can install to access file stored in Linux partition through Windows.

 

Explore2fs #read-only

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

Explore2fs is a GUI-based explorer which is able to access ext2 and ext3 file system through Windows. By this tool you can access various file in Linux partition, but you wouldn’t be able to write / add file there.

 

Ext2 IFS (Installable File System) #Read-Write

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

Ext2 IFS is far more flexible than Explore2fs. If Explore2fs is only able to read data, Ext2 IFS is able to read and write in Linux partition. Ext2 IFS works by installing Ext2fs.sys kernel which would be able to make Windows accessing ext2 file system.

 

DiskInternals Linux Reader #read-only

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

This Software makes you possible to explore all files in Ext2 and Ext3 partition. However DiskInternals Linux Reader is only able to read file without writing new file on the partition.

 

Ext2 FSD (File System Driver) #read-write

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

Ext2 FSD is ext2 and ext3 file system driver for Windows. You can read or write new file on that Linux partition through Windows OS directly.

 

Ext2Read #read-only

How to Read/Access Linux partition in Windows

If your purpose is only reading and copying file from ext2, ext3, and ext4 via Windows, then Ext2Read can be your mainstay software. You can copy file or many folders at once.

 

You can choose one software above which is suitable with your needs. SpyOnTech already gives #read-only sign for software which is only able to read Linux partition and #read-write sign for software which you can use to read also write file on Linux partition.

By this method, you’ll be able to access file on Linux partition via Windows easily. I hope it would be useful.


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