If you dual boot Microsoft Windows an Linux, there may be times when you're using Windows that you want to access some files on your Linux partition. There are programs that allow you to easily do this.

Ext2Fsd

Ext2Fsd is a file system driver for Windows that allows you to access Linux file systems. It is free and it has an installer that you can run after you download it.

During setup, the program asks if I wanted to run it on boot. I chose not to. It also asked if I wanted to enable write support and I chose not to do that either. 

I got an error though, something along the lines that an operation required elevation. That must mean that it would need administrator privileges to run. That makes sense. I just ended up finding Ext2Fsd in the start menu, and then I right clicked it and chose "Run as administrator". Then the program ran just fine.

I wasn't exactly sure what to do first. A window showing various partitions on my system came up. I just right clicked on my EXT3 partition that was listed and I selected the option to "Change Drive Letter". Then I just chose the defaults of the options I was given.

Next, it didn't do a thing. So I searched for something else to get the job done.

DiskInternals Linux Reader

This seemed like a good polished software product. So I downloaded it.

It installed easily and without asking me any questions. 

After install, it ran without needing administrator privileges.

When it ran, it looked like a Windows Explorer window, and it had listed all of my partitions.

This software is intended for data recovery, and I couldn't figure out how to read my Linux Mint partition with it.

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