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    Exclamation Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    I just got a new Windows 7 PC and had an old HDD with lots of data on it that I installed into it as a second drive.
    I quickly realized that I had forgotten that Linux uses the ext system so even though Windows recognizes the drive I can't access the info.
    I think the best solution would be to transfer all the data from the old linux drive to the new windows drive then format the old one but I have no idea how to access the data from within windows.
    Anyone have any ideas/clever workarounds?

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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    Run a live session, you need not install Ubuntu.

    One way is to make a boot CD or USB drive from a downloaded [KLX]Ubuntu installation iso file. Then you can boot your computer into linux and access both file systems, so that you can transfer any files you like from your ext file system to your ntfs file system.

    Nota bene: the file permissions will not be preserved, but that is no problem for regular data files.
    Last edited by sudodus; March 15th, 2012 at 05:32 PM. Reason: Run a live session, you need not install Ubuntu

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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    You can also install Ext2Read in Windows, and if you have administrator rights, you'll be able to view and copy your ext partitions.
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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    yes i'm a nood



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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    You can also install Ext2Read in Windows, and if you have administrator rights, you'll be able to view and copy your ext partitions.
    OK, stupid question.
    How do I run a program as the admin? Logged in the only user available.
    Nevermind. Figured it out.
    Last edited by curiousnoob; March 15th, 2012 at 06:07 PM.

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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    Nothing wrong with the suggestions above, but you can also try booting the linux on your old hard drive.

    (Get into your BIOS and tell it to boot the other disk)

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    Re: Putting Linux Hard Drive into Windows PC

    If I am not mistaken, you right click on the program and select "Run as Administrator".

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