Mount Linux Partitions Ext4, Ext3, Ext2 to Windows 8, 10, 11
You may be interested to know how to read Linux partitions in Windows 10, whether you have a dual boot device or if you are fiddling with your raspberry pi memory cards. It is true that serial Windows only allows working with partitions in Fat32, NTFS or exFAT format.
The problem with this is that when you want to access a partition with other file systems Ext2, Ext3, Ext4 or even ReiserFS, you will be surprised that they do not appear on the computer. Not only that, but in the disk manager, you will see that they exist, but you will not be able to work with their content or recognize them. This, for example, means that only the boot partition created to install the system appears when the Raspberry MicroSD is installed.
So, on this tutorial, I will explain how to mount a Linux partition EXT4, EXT3, EXT2 to Windows 10, 8, 7.
Some of the reasons for mounting Linux drives in Windows are:
- Create dual-boot systems (Windows and Linux)
- Share files
- Make changes to the units and more
For this, we will use the tool Ex2Fsd.
When you have a PC with two operating systems (Linux-Windows) you have a problem when accessing the Linux partition from Windows: the Microsoft OS does not “see” the partition where you have your Linux files.
What can we do in this case? In the network you find several apps to access Linux partitions from Windows, but the simplest and most straightforward is Ext2explorer, a Windows app with which you can access Linux partitions ext2/ext3/ext4.
You only need to download the app from here, and once you run this program as an administrator (it is not necessary to install it), you can access Linux partitions without problems and copy files or folders to another partition. Unfortunately, this app does not allow you to write in Linux partitions, but it is undoubtedly an excellent option to access the files you have in your Linux partition.
Note: You need to run this program with administrator rights and only reads your Linux files if you want to edit and modify data, check the next app.
Ex2Fsd is a free tool which is an ext2 / ext3 and ext4 open source file system driver for Windows systems in all its editions.
Ex2Fsd can be downloaded at the following link: EX2FSD
Step 1: Install Ex2Fsd
Once the application is downloaded, run it:
We follow the steps of the assistant and it is essential that during the installation process we activate the boxes:
- Enable write support for Ext2 partitions
- Enable force writing support on Ext3 partitions
- Make Ext2fsd automatically started when system boots (If we want it to be executed at the start of the system)
Press Next and the process of installing the tool in Windows 10 will start. When executing the application we will see the following window where the unit will be observed with the file system ext2, ext3 or ext4 as the case may be:
Step 2: Mount Linux Drive in Windows
Before starting it is important to clarify that the unit with the Linux file system does not have any letters assigned as we saw in the previous image.
To access this administrator of mount points and the first option is to click on the Tools menu and there select the option Mountpoint Management and the second option is using the F10 key:
For this, it will be necessary to pick the unit to mount. The following window will be displayed. There we click on the Add button to add the selected unit:
As we see in the upper part we can assign the desired letter, and in the lower part we can create the mount point using DefineDosDevice, but the changes will be eliminated when restarting the computer or create a permanent mount point using Session Manager.
Once we select the desired option, click OK to apply the changes. Now we will see the chosen letter assigned to our unit:
Now we can see our partition in windows and make changes to our files.
Does not work on windows 10 64bit
I Installed it on Windows 10 64 bits and it works well.
Accuracy，The Ext2Fsd only work on ubuntu 16.04 or earlier on ext4. I had try it, ubuntu 18.04 or later with ext4, it recognized the ext4 as ext3 and then it does not work.
Why the fuck do you need it on the system where ext4 is supported natively lol
Hello I have done all this steps but still my ext4 partition not opening in windows 10. when I’m clicking on new ext4 drive it asking for format.
I am facing the same problem
yea this doesnt work
Won’t write folders with more than a few files / sub folders and doesn’t access some but will read and write files and small folders in win 7 and 10 to ext4 so worth having. Best to use linux to move your data. I use it chiefly to play video with MPC on windows so I can get the best performance with 4K.
The bottom line is this is great to allow access to ext4 and the like if you store your video and data on ext2/3/4/ntfs>3TB drive. You can forget trying to play HDR UHD on linux because there aren’t any decent drivers. So we have this program to bridge the gap.
Windows 10 Pro x64 Insider Preview 1903 (Build 18323.1000)
WD WD7500BPVT 750 GB HD formatted to EXT4
Installed, mounted, and I’m able to read everything on the drive (it’s a system backup drive for my Laptops running Sabayon Linux, along with Windows 10 backups from both machines, all created via CloneZilla).
dont working for me
Dell Optiplex 3060 Win10 64bit – Kubuntu 18.04 64bit
in 0.69 Ext2 in Service management : Service status: Ext2Fsd could NOT be started.
Do not use it with new Linux distributions – your ext partition will be corrupted.
Peter you are Rigth, mine got corrupted.
When on Windows 10 32Bits Home i tried to access my Ext4 Linux 64Bits data partition, no error shown, but looks like it was empty when on windows explorer.
Then when i reboot to Linux, came the headache, it could not boot (because a DATA partition can not be mounted), weird thing, since such partition is not used, only auto-mounted on boot (/etc/fstab) for easy access to it.
With fsck it told that the superblock was corrupted, lucky me there are a lot of copies of it onto the partition (a BIG one near 100GiB), so with “sudo mke2fs -n /dev/sd$#” i could get a list of all superblocks, then with “sudo e2fsck -b # /dev/sd$#” i could fix than, then fsck could fix the rest… and it seems to had not lost anything.
As soon as i reboot onto Windows i will unistall Ext2 related app… so no more risks!
By the way, do anyone know how to do fstrim on Linux to a NTFS partition… on my Linux it only let me do it if it is a Ext4 mounted partition, and i must let it mounted for a while after the command returns or else it does nothing… looks like it works on background, but PS does not show it… the SSD ligth is working a lot at that time, till ends or i unmount the partition.
Just to make on the SSD the data partition be a NTFS so i can access it from both, Linux and Windows, i need to know how to trim it on Linux. Seems like NTFS is much better supported on Linux than Ext4 is on Windows… and i also want to write from Windows.
Lucky me i did not lost all, lucky for that multiple copies of the superblock, etc.
well. that was a pointless waste of time, does nothing in windows 10. This used to work in an older version about a year ago, anyone know what that version number was. Weird the authors would break a working program to make it NOT work on the current operating systems of the day..
It’s more like that Microsoft broke the app by upgrading Windows…
Yup, Signed Drivers is what broke it.
Ditto… Does nothing when invoked. Cannot see Linux drive, even though a commercial version does and will mount it. 🙁
I’m trying to copy files from adrive removed from a failed NAS Mirror using Win10-64
Compat recommended win7 & 8 admin on 2 different systems, 1 lappy, 1 hp touchsmart desktop, both crash after a very short time, blue-screened. Multiple attempts, same result.
EXT4 partition on disk connected via USB is readable, no problems. Until I try copying some files… blue-screen. 🙁
Most probably ex2fsd don’t support ext4 file system properly. I suppose the work around is to format your /home partition in ext3 instead of ext4 if you want to share data with Windows OS.
actually ext2fsd did support ext4 to some extent, I had no problem with my kubuntu installation both read and write, this was during the time I had Windows Se7en, but when Windows 10 updated at some point, it required signed drivers for its IFS system, it broke the ability to use ext2fsd (and/or ext2ifs – among others such as Apple bootcamp’s hfs+ drivers at the time) …
wouldent it just be easier to maker a ntfs partition and use it for win10 and linux? i think it would. thats what i used to do but now windows dose something to the partition first mount that linux is so afraid of that i can read only no rw mount and i hav been to windws there is no pag file no hiber file windows told me it isant doing any thin with the partition so why cant i mount it rw? i just made another partition to try again but dont want to start windows untill i know the same wont happen this time. i just do not know how to keep rw accesses any one else know? should i make it a fat 32 instead?
Yes, creating a separate NTFS partition that can be accessed by both Windows 10 and Linux may be a simpler solution to the mounting issue you are experiencing. However, if you still want to mount the Ext3 partition in Windows, there are a few things you can try:
Overall, creating a separate NTFS partition or formatting the partition as FAT32 may be the simplest and safest solutions for accessing the partition from both Windows and Linux.
Hi! I am trying to mount a ext3 partition on my windows 10 laptop but there is no letter avaliable to mount. What can I do?