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    Question Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    Is there an Ext4 filesystem driver for windows?

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    No, but there is for ext2 and ext3.

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    Actually, there is kinda... it's not a full read/write driver, but this:
    http://ext2read.blogspot.com/2010/04...-lvm2-and.html

    works great for me accessing my ext4 partitions from Win7 Pro x64. It is only read/copy though.
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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    Thanks for the answers.
    Hopefully someone will release a full driver soon.

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    I am absolutely appaled that there is no ext4 read/write support for Win-doze yet. While I dislike using Windows as much as the next Ubuntu user, there's simply a lot of software that I need XP to run and a dual-boot machine is a must, and I know several other linux users who are in the same situation. Being unable to fully access my ext4 linux filesystems is a great way to keep Windows configured as my primary OS on my computers just because it's the only way I can make sure I always have access to all my files.

    Is anyone working on this? And a better question, why don't more people care about this? Why is ext4 being pushed as the default filesystem choice for Ubuntu if it's harder to access (e.g. less open?) from other sources?
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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    I simply started using Ext3.

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by szh View Post
    I simply started using Ext3.
    My point is that you shouldn't have to. The code is all open, and a windows driver would certainly get used a lot...


    Is there a way to convert an ext4 filesystem into an ext3 without doing a bunch of file swapping, etc? I already set up my / as ext4.
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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    i cant even get any of the more popular ext2/3 drivers to recognize my current ext3 partitions created with gparted... first i thought it was the 256 inode factor, but i've tried numerous drivers and browsers that support 256 inode and still no luck

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    http://www.ext2fsd.com/

    Works for Windows 7 / Vista and supports EXT2 / EXT3 and EXT4
    (although I have write disabled, so I couldn't tell you if it actually supports writing to EXT4 but I wouldn't advise it)

    It can be a little problematic getting the drive actually mapped, but if you choose to mount it like a USB drive using the program (it gives you different options) it works best I find.

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    Re: Ext4 Filesystem driver for windows?

    It's too bad there isn't one fully compatible with EXT4. EXT4 is extremely fast. I heard even Google started using it because of the speed as it significantly outperforms NTFS. An EXT4 windows driver would definitely get used and it's a pity nobody has made one yet given the specs for the system are open source.
    I'd even pay for it if there was an EXT4 driver windows.

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