Accessing Linux Volumes From Windows

Both Windows and Linux use different formats for their filesystems. Windows uses NTFS and Linux uses EXT 2/3. While it is possible for Linux to read/write NTFS format using NTFS-3G driver, reading/writing files the other way round has always been an issue for Windows users.

Ext2 Installable File System (IFS)For Windows provides a solution to this. It allows Windows users full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (both read and write) and best of all, it is free.

The Ext2 IFS software installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys, which actually extends the Windows system to include the Ext2 file system. The Ext 2 volumes are mounted and assigned drive letters. All applications can access directly to Ext2 volumes and users can transfer files to and from the Ext 2 volumes via the Window Explorer.

If your Linux system uses Ext3 format, it will be mounted as a Ext2 drive, without any loss of functionality.


Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.