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posted by: Steve

Full guide coming soon. in the meantime....

Ext2fsd does indeed work as an ext2 driver for windows. I use and actually prefer it as it seems more stable (on my system) than the alternatives. Some limitations: 1) ext2fsd views a write to disk as dangerous, and therefore mounts the volume as readonly. however, writing is possible. Write access to the harddrive requires a registry edit. specifically: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Ext2Fsd\Parameters] "WritingSupport"=dword:00000001 (the dword at first is set to 0 and thus disabled) 2.) This driver can only mount ext2 systems, not journaling ext3. However, if you find yourself ever needing to mount ext3, know that ext3 was designed to be backwards compatible with ext2. Older systems merely mount as an ext2 volume and do not write to the journal. If you wish to mount and write to an ext3 volume in windows, a registry key "Ext3ForceWriting" in the same location as above must also be set to 1 3.) A very nice alternative with a nice interface, but about the same level in capabilities can be found here http://www.fs-driver.org/index.html 4.) Whereas ext2fsd uses a command line program to mount and unmount volumes, the ext2 IFS driver above is more cleanly integrated with the system. Ext2fsd can be started as a service automatically, but the default is to be initiated by user. As always, read the documentation. 5.) Keep in mind that windows is by necessity unaware of any unix file permissions; any files you write to the volume will be world readable/writable/exectuable. Simply change the permissions appropriately via native linux. As always, your mileage may vary. Hope this helps a bit. Do let us know if you find any better solutions.
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