How To Read Linux Filesystem (ext2 and ext3) From Windows

The Explore2fs is an exploration tool used for reading ext2 and ext3 partitions. If you have a dual-boot system with both Linux and Windows partitions, you can access files from your Windows installation while you are using Linux. The tool is licensed under the GPLv2.

Explore2fs supports multiple filesystems and multiple disk access methods.

Supported Filesystems are:

• ext2/ext3
• reiserfs
• win32
• sftp

You can't get a simpler tool than explore2fs. First, download a .zip archive file from site, extract the file and start using. It will automatically detect your Linux drives or partitions and mount them.

It depends on the permissions you have set in Linux whether you will be able to only read a particular partition or even write.


Check the permissions by right clicking on any particular partition, drive or a file.


The Explore2fs has features like drag & drop, large disk support, large file support, UTF-8 support, preserve time stamps, support LVM, and more. Most of the professional engineers and embedded designers work in a dual operating system like Windows and Linux. They spend their time working in Linux based OS like Red Hat Enterprise, ubuntu, Fedora etc. While working in windows if they feel that they need the files that are in Linux they need to take backup. The backup can be taken using explore2fs software. This software provides excellent data backup services to the end users. One can take secure data backup and move data files from Linux to windows easily using explore2fs.

Explorer2fs is a non-installable program. So you can also use it from a USB drive and carry it with you as a portable Linux file explorer anywhere it's needed.

Bobbin Zachariah 9:02 pm

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