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How can I access a NSLU2 ext2/ext3 formatted drive locally connected to a PC (SCSI, IDE, USB, etc...), using Microsoft Windows?

You can use several Windows partitioning programs that support ext2/ext3 formatted drives and perform file operations like reading, writing, and error checking. Note: There are significant differences in writing speeds amongst the various partitioning utilities (PartitionMagic is one of the slowest, Paragon Partition Manager is fairly quick), and with most utilities, all the files written will be owned by root. Explore2fs works quite well and is free (GPL), but does not write reliably, error check, or have in-place (non-export edit) editing of text files, like the Windows partitioning programs do. You can also use the following http://www.fs-driver.org/index.html, it provides Windows NT4/2000/XP with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access), it can be used to r/w ext3 also.

Note that you probably have to unmount your data partition in your slug before (with "umount /dev/sda1", e.g.), for else you get an unclean partition which ext2ifs for windows won't mount (of course, you can e2fsck the partition afterwards, e.g. with the tool from http://ashedel.chat.ru/ext2fsnt/e2fsprogs-1.19-NT-i386.rar).

You can try using Knoppix 'Live CD' and run it from memory in your windows OS. since it does not install, it can easily read your ext3 file system of your NSLU2 drive connected locally to your PC. - alvin dustin

Ext2fsd (http://www.ext2fsd.com/) works like charm as long as i tested for Win XP SP 2. The only problem i got : I left the service on manual start and didn't work after a reboot. This was my fault :) -Mithat

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Based on work by alvin dustin, fcarolo, case, and carlop.
Originally by tman.
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