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I have a computer with Linux installed. And I want to be able to read and write data to its disk from Windows 7. Is there any software or does Windows 7 have any functionality for it built-in?

I've seen some website describing how to, but they are quite old:

3 Ways to Access Your Linux Partitions From Windows
Access Linux Files from Windows with Linux Reader

So I wonder if there is any better way than they ones they have described there.

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Tog, Dave M, Heptite, Simon Sheehan Jan 26 '14 at 3:52

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Which files system is used on the drive you want to access? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 22 '14 at 18:31
It uses ext4 as file system – starcorn Jan 22 '14 at 18:33
Windows 7 does not have a native ext4 filesystem driver built-in. Did you try any of the solutions you linked to? – rob Jan 22 '14 at 21:09

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Samba is the "standard" Linux way of getting windows interoperability. Once installed, you can set up shares etc. on the linux machine and then browse them just like any other network share.


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One of the ways is to build a virtual machine with Linux and connect the physical drive to this machine. In that way you can access the Linux partitions. Then you can use virtual machine software (additions or tools) to transfer files between VM and host system.

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The other way is to just copy needed files from Linux to Windows NTFS partition. Simple exchange for files. You would also need to make some folder for file exchange. – pbies Jan 22 '14 at 20:44

Multiple ways:

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Okay I found a better way to reach what I wanted. So instead of mounting an ext4 drive to windows, I could use 3rd software to create a ssh mount to my linux computer instead.

The software I used was sftp net drive

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WinSCP can also do what you need. It creates an FTP or SFTP connection between the hosts, provided you have the credentials, then you can drag and drop folders/files from one host to the other.

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I creates a FTP or SFTP connection between the hosts, provided you have the credentials, then you can drag items back and forth. link they can explain it way better here. – mortenya Jan 22 '14 at 20:54
WinSCP does it also, but the software I linked to in my answer creates a drive so I can use it as normal drive in Windows. – starcorn Jan 23 '14 at 19:10

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