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how to detect ext3 drive in win 7

By sushil.rasam ·
i hv external drive which is formatted in ext3 i want to detect that drive on my desktop which is having windows 7 os pls help

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ext3 is a standard Linux format, and the last I heard Microsoft refuse to

by Deadly Ernest In reply to how to detect ext3 drive ...

allow there systems to read them. Best bet is to download a Linux system and burn it to a disc, then use the Live CD version to read the drive and copy the data onto one of your Windows drives as Linux will read the Microsoft formats. Then you could wipe the drive and format as a Windows drive.

BTW This belongs in the Q&A area, not the discussion area.

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There is a driver called Ext2FS,

provides some suuport for Linux filesystems in Windows.

Haven't tried it myself, I usually use a FAT formatted partition for files
that may be shared between the 2 operating systems as both can
read/write to FAT.
Might try posting in Q&A also...
Try re-posting in the Q&A
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for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:;conten


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