1.    23 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7

    Windows backup application that supports EXT4?


    Hello

    My question isn't specific to Windows 10, but this forum has a lot of traction so I figured I could ask here.

    I run an automated backup job every day to copy files from my main drive to a second drive in the same computer.
    I got hit recently by ransomware, which encrypted files on both disks. Thankfully, I had a backup on another drive that was recently disconnected so didn't lose important files.

    As a cheaper alternative to getting a NAS to run eg. rsync between Windows and the NASI was thinking of…
    • partitioning the second drive as EXT4
    • running a Windows backup application that can access EXT4 partitions natively, so that the partition would still be off-limit to Windows


    Is there such a thing?

    Thank you.
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  2.    23 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Staffordshire
    Posts : 365
    Windows 10 Pro

    Not a backup program but Paragon ExtFS for Windows will apparently read / write to an EXT2,3 or 4 filesystem.

    Write / read access to Linux files under Windows(R) - Paragon ExtFS for Windows(R)

    As it's a driver that mounts the disk / partition, I presume any Windows backup program would write to it.
    No guarantees as not tried it, there are a few free drivers however it seems to be a bit hit and miss as to if they actually work!
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  3.    23 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Mar 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the link. I'll check if the driver can only be activated before and after running the backup application, although that still leaves a window opportunity for a virus to hit the files.
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  4.    24 Mar 2017 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Why not to backup to a cloud? No malware will be able to modify it without cracking your password first. Here is one from Windows Store: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh52qzd
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