[How to] Access Linux Files In Windows When Dual Booting Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Windows 10 / 8.1
If you are dual booting Windows and any Linux distribution then I'm sure you would not have any trouble in accessing Windows files & folders in Linux because Linux distributions mount all Windows partition automatically. But what if you need to access any Linux files in your Windows OS then how to do that? This is what this article is all about. Windows does not mount any Linux partition automatically but we can do it. Let's see how to access Linux partitions (Ext4 etc.) in Windows.
Windows does not allow you to mount your Linux partitions with some built-in tools. So you often have to boot into Linux to access files. Now you won't face this problem again because there are some good and easy ways to access your Linux partitions in Windows without even booting into Linux.
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Ext2Fsd is a tool in Windows that can easily mount Linux partitions and you can access each files from Linux partitions. This tool is nice and save so much time when you're dual booting Linux and Windows for any reasons. You have to copy some of the files from other file systems.
Ext2Fsd: Features At A Glance
Features Ext2Fsd supports:
Supported Ext3/4 features :
Features Ext2Fsd doesn’t support:
How To Mount Linux Partitions In Windows Using Ext2Fsd
To mount Linux partitions in Windows, first of all download Ext2Fsd in your Windows.
Download the latest version of Ext2Fsd from the list. Current latest version is 0.62.
Follow the simple installation wizard and install Ext2Fsd and launch it from start menu. I'm using Windows 8.1 and this is working perfectly fine on this Windows. When you launch you get the following screen.
As you can see all of my Linux partitions are available here with all the basic information like, Type, File System, Total size, Used size and codepage etc. You can also see the Linux swap partitions, don't mount them because can only be some system files. To mount EXT4 files simply double-click the partition.
Now check 'Mount volume in readonly mode' and also check 'Automatically mount via Ext2Mgr'. Now click apply. You've done! Now open file manager and see the Linux partition has been mounted in Windows. In the same way you can also mount other Linux partitions.
This single application helps alot. It saves precious time and we don't have to boot our system in other OSes for some important files. Let us know if you're using any similar apps for using other Linux partitions. Share them with us below. Also tell us that how frequently you need to use Linux files when you're using Windows.
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