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March 6th, 2009, 08:54 PM

i have re-installed my XP/Kubuntu dual boot. I am using a shared ext3 partition for /home.

I am trying to use fs-driver to allow windows to read/write the partition.

after running fs-driver i got an error saying my ext3 partitions weren't formated.

So iran the fsdriver mount diag and it tells me my partition is formatted incorrectly - something to do with being 256, not 128.

i read up a little on this before reformatting my HD and purposely used gparted from an 8.04 disk to do the partitioning then installed kubuntu 8.10.

any way i can retrospectively reformat my /home partition in 128?

March 6th, 2009, 08:57 PM
What is the exact error that widnows spits back at you?

The Ext windows driver, last I knew supported Ext2 fully...with ext3 just happening to work, whilst not being officially supported.

March 6th, 2009, 09:05 PM
it says something like "inode size is more than 128 (inode size is 256)"

March 6th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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 back up 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.

March 6th, 2009, 09:08 PM
i don't mind starting from scratch on the /home as i have only just set everything up and don't actually have anything on it yet.

March 6th, 2009, 10:43 PM
would reinstalling ubuntu be the best course of action?

would that allow me to set the inodes?

March 6th, 2009, 11:14 PM
You could use a different ext2/3 Windows driver. I think there are at least two.

March 6th, 2009, 11:50 PM
i know of two other programs that allow read access to ext3 but only fs-driver allows read & write.

is there another that allows read & write?

p.s. i tried running mkfs from a live disk

sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2 -I 128

it did something to the partition but its now fooked! 8) windows could access it, i replace the /home files but kubuntu would not boot at all.

i'm goign to have to reformat it again!

will maybe just make do with read access from windows!

April 3rd, 2009, 09:41 PM
ext2fsd works perfectly with modern linux inodes size and keeps being updated

read & write