Writing to ext3 fs from XP

Jonathan Berry berryja at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 14:37:31 UTC 2006

On 12/4/06, Hadders <fedora at workingwithit.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>   Just wondering if anybody has had any experience of writing to an ext3
> partition within windows.
> If found this driver, http://www.fs-driver.org/ . Sound goods, but only
> has ext2 support.
> Does anybody know of anything similar for ext3?

ext3 is completely backwards compatible with ext2.  Thus, you can
mount an ext3 partition as an ext2 one, you just won't get the added
benefits of ext3 (like journaling).  I have used a Windows ext2 driver
in the past and it worked fairly well.  I stopped using it, though,
because one day I had to pull the power when in Windows and the next
time I booted Linux, the ext3 filesystems had error and had to be
fixed (which wasn't as easy without the journal).  That scared me :-).

For what you want to do, NTFS may be a good solution.  As others have
noted, the new ntfs-3g driver for Linux seems to work fairly well.


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