EXT2 on Windows - a Year later
Apr 14, 2010, 16:33 (13 Talkback[s])
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"I recently found myself in the not too uncommon
situation of needing to access files from both Windows and Linux in
a dual boot setup. Traditionally the solution is a common partition
formatted with FAT32, but instead of making Linux do the hard work
of interacting with Windows, I thought I would try it the other way
around. This is how I found myself testing both Ext2Fsd and Ext IFS
"Both open source projects provide an EXT2 driver (and EXT3,
which is backwards compatible with EXT2) for Windows, allowing you
to access files from both Linux and Windows using one of Linux's
native file systems.
"First up I tried Ext2Fsd, and it was a disaster. After a few
hours of operation Windows applications would start to lock up in
such a way that they could not be killed using task manager. In
fact I tried a number of tools to kill the processes, including
Process Explorer and the taskkill command line tool. Despite my
best efforts I could not find a utility that could kill the
processes that had locked up while using Ext2Fsd. If I left my PC
running overnight (with nothing but a small selection of background
applications running) Windows would be locked up by the morning.
The mouse would move, but I could not run any applications or shut
the machine down. The only solution left was a hard reset."