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the8thstar
February 14th, 2009, 01:29 PM
Hello all,

I'm looking for a way to access my Ubuntu partitions from Windows 7. I have tried several programs, but ultimately, Windows tells me it needs to format the Ubuntu drive to access it...

Have you guys been able to access Ext3 drives? If so, how?

Thanks in advance.

Paqman
February 14th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Do you have Win 7 installed on it's own partition, or in a VM?

There are drivers for Windows to be able to read Ext partitions, but they don't officially support Win 7. You could try them and see: Ext2ifs (http://www.fs-driver.org/)

One thing to watch out for: make sure that your Windows virus scanners don't scan the Ubuntu partitions. They'll probably report all sorts of false positives.

HavocXphere
February 14th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Not happening afaik. The node size used in 8.10 isn't supported by the windows tools/plugins.

So one would have to format the *nix partition to do that. Or fix the tools.

Paqman
February 14th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Sounds like you might need to create a separate partition for sharing data then. I'd suggest using NTFS for that, as both systems can read/write to it by default.

the8thstar
February 14th, 2009, 03:36 PM
Extifs doesn't work. I get a popup that asks me to format the drive in order to be able to access it... which obviously I won't do.

Paqman
February 14th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Extifs doesn't work. I get a popup that asks me to format the drive in order to be able to access it... which obviously I won't do.

That's due to the node size issue that HavocXphere mentioned.

the8thstar
February 17th, 2009, 08:30 AM
Indeed. I guess I have no choice but wait until the dev figures something out in his/her next release.

yther
February 17th, 2009, 08:35 AM
I have a sneaky idea for you, not sure if it's actually possible, though.

Make a VM with VirtualBox or something, inside Windows 7, load up something small like Crux or SystemRescueCD. Get the VM to mount your ext3 drives. Set up Samba shares from inside the VM. Now you should be able to access those shares from Windows 7 as long as you have the VM running.

I haven't tried it, of course, so good luck if you do! ;)

Edit: It just occurred to me that I came across a thumb-drive-sized Linux distro a couple of years ago. I think it was designed to run from inside Windows using Qemu or something. If you can find whatever the heck that was, it might do the trick.

stchman
February 17th, 2009, 09:08 AM
Amazing that Windows 7 does not have ext2/3 native. Linux can read/write to ntfs OOB.

This works on Vista.

http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/

the8thstar
February 20th, 2009, 08:00 AM
I installed ext2fs. It works!

pirate_tux
February 21st, 2009, 04:49 AM
Hello all,

I'm looking for a way to access my Ubuntu partitions from Windows 7. I have tried several programs, but ultimately, Windows tells me it needs to format the Ubuntu drive to access it...

Have you guys been able to access Ext3 drives? If so, how?

Thanks in advance.

Ext3 is an open source and free software filesystem.

So if Windows does not recognize it you should blame Microsoft and ask them for a refund.

the8thstar
March 11th, 2009, 12:53 PM
What if they deny me? Do you think I have my chances with the Supreme Court?

guiohm
June 29th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Hello the8thstar,

Which ext2fs did you installed ? I'm testing windows 7 x64 build 7232 and I can't install any of ext2fs drivers I can find : from www.fs-driver.org/ (http://www.fs-driver.org/) nor e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html
(http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html)
Did anyone else found a soluce?

Kunzem
July 3rd, 2009, 12:16 PM
Hello everyone ( first post on Ubuntuforum :))

I have the same problem the application ext2IFS worked fine when i had Ubuntu 8.04 installed but since i installed Jaunty my win XP asks if i want to format the partition ?

I tried Linux reader it picks up my ubuntu drive but doesn't access it

after some further research i found a app mountdiag to check your drives in dos prompt i ran it and it gave me this message
"The volume has an Ext2/Ext3 file system, but the Ext2 IFS 1.11 software did not mount it because the file system has an inode size unequal to 128 bytes (inode size: 256 bytes).
The only way to solve it is to backup the volume's files and format the file system: give the mkfs.ext3 utility the -I 128 switch. Finally , restore all backed-up files.
After that, the Ext2 IFS software should be able to access the volume"

hehe i'm not going to go through all that pt , is there a work around?

sandyd
October 28th, 2009, 02:58 AM
I have a sneaky idea for you, not sure if it's actually possible, though.

Make a VM with VirtualBox or something, inside Windows 7, load up something small like Crux or SystemRescueCD. Get the VM to mount your ext3 drives. Set up Samba shares from inside the VM. Now you should be able to access those shares from Windows 7 as long as you have the VM running.

I haven't tried it, of course, so good luck if you do! ;)

Edit: It just occurred to me that I came across a thumb-drive-sized Linux distro a couple of years ago. I think it was designed to run from inside Windows using Qemu or something. If you can find whatever the heck that was, it might do the trick.
pendrivelinux!

sandyd
October 28th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Hello the8thstar,

Which ext2fs did you installed ? I'm testing windows 7 x64 build 7232 and I can't install any of ext2fs drivers I can find : from www.fs-driver.org/ (http://www.fs-driver.org/) nor e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html
(http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ext2.html)
Did anyone else found a soluce?
you can install it, but it doesn't work.

right click on the downloaded file and go to the compatability tab.
select a version of windows.

EDIT: WAIT!
THATS IT!!!!
download the driver at http://fs-driver.org

then right click on the file, select the compatability tab.
flip the settings to vista sp2

and it works!
for me at least.

MG2R
November 25th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Damn, doesn't work for me... any other ideas? :(

ArtBIT
November 18th, 2011, 05:50 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I'll leave this link here, because it helped me to solve this issue.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/06/access-ubuntu-from-windows-7/

Cheers

Rubi1200
November 18th, 2011, 07:04 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I'll leave this link here, because it helped me to solve this issue.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/06/access-ubuntu-from-windows-7/

Cheers
Thanks for sharing this information with the community :)

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