Read Ubuntu Linux ex3/4 Files in Windows

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  1. Posts : 276
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    Read Ubuntu Linux ex3/4 Files in Windows


    Does anyone have any thoughts / experiences with apps that allow accessing Ubuntu ext3/4 file systems through Windows?
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    Depends upon what the files are and access to the Ubuntu computer. Because I use Linux Mint [an off-shoot of Ubuntu] and used to use a MacBook Pro along with Win10 and WinXP [and formerly Win7 and Win8/8.1] I use 2 WDC NAS drives connected to my Wireless Router. I can store from any computer and access from any other computer that I Map the drives on in File Explorer and have the files usable by a program that can handle them. A nice thing about LibreOffice is its documents can be read on any other LibreOffice, it is cross-platform just like VLC/Video LAN for multi-media, may be more.

    Windows does have issues with directly accessing the natively/default formatted Linux drives although Linux can use many more formats of the drives. If using external drives good choices for formatting would be NTFS, FAT32 and exFAT. Windows can't format as FAT32 over 32GB but can use them, most USB Thumb drive come that way up to 128GB, haven't checked larger ones. I have used Linux and GPARTED to format drives as large as 500GB as FAT32. The GPARTED LiveCD uses a form of Linux.
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  3. Posts : 152
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    There is this utility by Paragon that allows Windows to read ext3/4 filesystems. Not sure about the write ability though.
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  4. lehnerus2000's Avatar
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    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 19.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home 1703 (64 bit), W10 Pro 1703 (64 bit) VM
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    DiskInternals Linux Reader


    I've used "DiskInternals Linux Reader" in W7.
    It was a couple of years ago and I uninstalled it after I used it.

    I had to recover some files from an external drive that was EXT formatted (I can't remember why I didn't do the job in Linux).
    I did recover a huge number of files, so it must have worked.

    Sorry, I can't tell you more about it..
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  5. Posts : 276
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    Berton

    You raise some interesting points.

    My immediate need is moving the contents of an old ex2/3 IDE drive in an enclosure to an NTFS 1 T external.

    My two 1T's both work well with W10 with either exFAT or NTFS . So clearly W10 handles dives beyond the 32gig cap.

    I have been unable to get Ubuntu to access any USB external drives, even ones as small as 120 gig. dmsg shows they are attached, but they will not mount.

    At the moment it looks like Ubuntu needs a kernel module for accessing usb devices over the 32gig limit????? This is getting WAY geekie even for me. i am drafting a post regarding this for a Ubuntu developers forum.

    Maybe you have some thoughts on this Berton? This obstacle is what led me to look at the W10 readers.

    I had not seen the Paragon Reader. It looks more credible and current then outer I found. I will try it. Maybe that is the best (only?) route?
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  6. lx07's Avatar
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    mikeincousa said:
    I had not seen the Paragon Reader. It looks more credible and current then outer I found. I will try it. Maybe that is the best (only?) route?
    Make sure you copy the data onto another (NTFS?) drive as it only works full speed for 10 days - then you have to pay $20.

    I've also used Ext2 File System Driver for Windows download | SourceForge.net which works fine (for ext3/ext4 too despite the name) but is, perhaps, a bit more fiddly.
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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    The 32GB limit is for FAT32 partitioning and formatting in Windows. Linux and the GPARTED LiveCD can go well beyond that for disk size and Windows can read them. I have 2 500GB 2.5" Notebook drives in portable cases formatted as FAT32, worked good on Mac OS X and the newer macOS which didn't like NTFS.
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  8. CountMike's Avatar
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    I use this one: Ext2 File System Driver for Windows - Browse /Ext2fsd at SourceForge.net but it doesn't start with windows, you have to start it every time you need access to Ext3/4 file system disk.
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  9. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi folks

    @CountMike try this for a bit of fun !!.

    "Seemples"

    Here's how to make it even easier with file browsing by a GUI.

    1) install the ubuntu add in (turn Windows features on or off)
    2) install file manager say Dolphin (enter bash as dos command then sudo apt-get --then package name)
    3) install an Xserver (on the Windows system !! not the ubuntu subsystem) -- Xlaunch is easy for windows.
    4) in Bash set display:=0:0
    5) in the linux bash command window run Dolphin --ignore zillions of messages
    6) click on the Xlaunch icon on your desktop.

    now you'll have a GUI with the Linux file manager

    Read Ubuntu Linux ex3/4 Files in Windows-linux.png


    You can install other Linux GUI stuff too -- not all work but enough.

    Note I showed here a Networked drive - you can of course browse those directly from standard windows -- however if I attach a Local xfs/ ext4 formatted drive then I can browse those easily too -- just didn't have one available currently -- it does work though and you can copy to Windows drives. You can also write to these drives too (both Windows and Linux) - also text editing use KATE / KWRITE as full GUI editors like notepad.

    (To mount a drive sudo /mnt/dev/xxx -t auto -o rw /mnt/yyy where xxx is the device name and yyy is a mount point. -t auto says automatically determine file system so you don't have to care about the Linux fs and the -o rw specifies read / write access).

    On the Ubuntu interface I installed the KDE desktop but you don't need to install that if you want to use non KDE utilities instead.

    I'm sure I've gone a bit further here than Windows intends but it's a lot of fun !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. Posts : 276
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    Berton said:
    The 32GB limit is for FAT32 partitioning and formatting in Windows. Linux and the GPARTED LiveCD can go well beyond that for disk size and Windows can read them. I have 2 500GB 2.5" Notebook drives in portable cases formatted as FAT32, worked good on Mac OS X and the newer macOS which didn't like NTFS.
    Have you gotten these externals to work on any Linux machine?

    I have reformated my USB drives to Fat32, exFAT, and NTFS.

    None of these formats work for these drives in Ubuntu 18.04.

    They do not show up using the usual discovery tools.

    So I cannot even get close to mounting them, despite having established mount points.
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