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    Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    I thought I'd post a how to on accessing Wubi disks from the Windows installation.

    First, install Ext2 Files System Driver, an open source Ext2 driver by Matt Wu at http://www.ext2fsd.com. You need this to let Windows be able to read Ext2 file systems.

    Next, install FileDisk, a virtual disk driver under GNU license. The home page of FileDisk is http://www.acc.umu.se/~; the download link is http://www.acc.umu.se/~bosse/filedisk.zip. Instructions for use of FileDisk are in the archive-it is just a system file that adds a command line program called filedisk.

    Create a batch file to mount your disks. Here is what mine looks like in lindisks.bat:

    filedisk /mount 0 c:\wubi\disks\system.virtual.disk l:
    filedisk /mount 1 c:\wubi\disks\home.virtual.disk y:
    filedisk /mount 2 c:\wubi\disks\swap.virtual.disk x:

    You can add the .bat file to your start up if you want access when ever you start up. You should now be able to use these drive mappings to look at any of your linux files. I have not had any problems reading files so far, but some files do not copy back and forth between Windows and the disks. You get an error message when this happens. The files you are most likely to use, such as documents, work very well.

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    or you could simply use explore2fs...

    http://www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs

    just select "open file" when prompted, and drag-and-drop your files over

    note that explore2fs is read-only, though, so you'll want to use the above method if you need read-write

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    or, you might also want to check out virtual volumes, supposedly has read-write support for disk images, though I haven't ever tried it...

    http://www.chrysocome.net/virtualvolumes

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    FileDisk link is broken; here is the new link: Download FileDisk

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    Thanks for the link to the explore2fs-1.08beta9 it helps and does't require installing a driver.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    Thanks a lot for that jettplane ! I just messed with some setting that wouldn't allow Ubuntu to boot even in recovery mode and your solution allowed me to restore the backup files.

    And thanks to itsjareds for the updated link to Filedisk.

    I used Stephan Schreiber's Ext2 Installable File System For Windows instead of Matt Wu's driver.

    Virtual Volumes (version 0.5) didn't work. It installed properly but I got an error when running the program and it wouldn't let me browse for an image file.

    explore2fs works great if you only want to get some file out of the wubi installation. I like it that it's a standalone .exe file : no installation and no leftovers.
    Last edited by nwubie; July 16th, 2008 at 06:58 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    I haven't been able to access my Wubi files from either ext2 IFS or explore 2fs...
    I'm not sure what file I'm looking for under C:\ubuntu\disks . The files there are root.disk and swap.disk. There are also two folders called "boot" and "shared".

    Explore 2fs says it's looking for a .ext2 or a .img file and ext2 IFS doesn't let you point it to a file, as far as I can tell, so I don't know what to do.

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    Root.disk should be what you're looking for (though I can't say for sure.. I'm not using Wubi).
    Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    It is root.disk that you need, but on my computer explore2fs won't work.

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    Re: Accessing Wubi Disks from Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Agg23 View Post
    It is root.disk that you need, but on my computer explore2fs won't work.
    Same here-- anyone explain why it wouldn't work for me?

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