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    Windows access Ext3

    I have two separate hard drives, one with Windows 2000 (my W2k is installed Fat32 and not the usual NTFS) and the other with Linux. I am able to access the Windows drive from Linux (of course) but if I try and access the Linux hard drive from windows I get an error saying the drive isn't formatted correctly. Is there some what I can make the Linux drive accessible from Windows. Thanks a lot,


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    You may have to set up a Fat 32 partition to share files between the two OS.

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    As far as I know you can't (easily) read Linux partitions from Windows. You may have heard of an application called Samba? That could be your solution
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    There is a program known as explore2fs that can read ext2/3 partitions through Windows. Download here. I've used it, it works pretty well - although, it gives practically root access...

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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I was able to fix the problem by using two seperate programs. First I used ext2ifs, which made the drive available to access then I used ext2fsd, which made the drive writable.

    I hope this helps others,


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