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    Dear all,
    I would like to ask you if there is a robust way
    to mount as a drive a ext4 partition inside windows 7
    and if it is possible to use it also to storing window's 7 data.

    Thank you very much for the feedback.
    Regards
    Alex

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    Dear all,
    I would like to ask you if there is a robust way
    to mount as a drive a ext4 partition inside windows 7
    and if it is possible to use it also to storing window's 7 data.

    Thank you very much for the feedback.
    Regards
    Alex
    I found a link here for a utility that claims to work:

    How to read Ext3/Ext4 linux partition from windows 7

    Let me say that I HIGHLY recommend that you DO NOT attempt to mount a Linux file system into Windows. While reading might be OK, writing can turn into a disaster in my experience. openSUSE does support NTFS partitions and if mounted in your fstab file using the defaults option, you can fully read and write to the Windows partition in Linux. This NTFS partition does not need to be your main Windows partition, but any other NTFS partition, even from an external hard drive or Thumb Drive. From a safety standpoint of not messing up your Linux hard drive, consider writiing from Linux to a NTFS or FAT 32 partition and not from Windows to a EXT4 partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcdaniel3 View Post
    From a safety standpoint of not messing up your Linux hard drive, consider writiing from Linux to a NTFS or FAT 32 partition and not from Windows to a EXT4 partition.

    Thank You,
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    Using ntfs for your linux home is always going to give you problems partly because linux can't set ntfs permissions, in fact every file you put in your home directory will give a message saying 'could not set permissions for [file]'

    Given that things like configuration files for most of the programs you'll use are in your home directory it's not difficult to see where problems can arise

    Similarly windows will not handle linux partitions in a 'robust' way

    I can understand you trying to give yourself as much convenience as possible and in an ideal world using the same folders on the same partition for both linux and windows user data would be the way to go, but in the real world it's not really workable

    Here we have several machines using a linux/windows dual boot situation and one of the things we do is have any files that need to be accessed by both systems stored on an ntfs partition and then create symlinks to them in a given user's linux home directory, you can do this for an entire windows Users\username folder by the way

    Typically windows is on drive C and things like Documents, Music, Videos etc folders for each user are placed under \Users\username on drive D, you can then place a symlink into your linux home pointing to that user's folder on whatever partition is the windows drive D

    For anything needed to be accessed from multiple machines we store them on our server machine and access them via samba, in samba it doesn't matter whether the files are on ntfs or ext3/4 partitions (though on a linux server there would be little point to any ntfs partitions)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaios View Post
    Dear all,
    I would like to ask you if there is a robust way
    to mount as a drive a ext4 partition inside windows 7
    and if it is possible to use it also to storing window's 7 data.

    Thank you very much for the feedback.
    Regards
    Alex
    Hi!
    I've been using for about six months Paragon ExtFS for Windows. Extfs quietly works on Windows. So if you want you can try this product.

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