I frequently feel like accessing my files on Ubuntu from Windows. But Windows does not show Linux partitions while the reverse works.

Is there some software for Windows that can help me see Linux partition in Windows?

My OSs are Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04, I am using ext4 as my file system.

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    Linux supports many file systems and you'll need different drivers on windows depending on which it is. The default for Ubuntu seems to be ext4. Are you using ext4? – CodesInChaos Dec 18 '14 at 10:37
  • Yes I am using ext4. – tapananand Dec 19 '14 at 14:05
  • By "see" do you mean read & write access? – Thomas Weller Aug 23 '16 at 19:39

There is a very good software called ext2fsd, but beware that writing to a partition using this may cause trouble. It did once on my system. I had to restart multiple times to get back to my ubuntu. For read only the software is awesome. See this link for more details: http://www.howtogeek.com/112888/3-ways-to-access-your-linux-partitions-from-windows/

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    For exactly that reason, when write access is required, you should have a dedicated "data partition" to exchange data – using a format both ends can deal with. Must not be FAT: Linux can deal fine with NTFS AFAIK. – Izzy Dec 18 '14 at 9:45
  • Linux is open source. I don't understand why writing to an ext partition on Windows should cause any trouble. Didn't the developers implement everything? – Thomas Weller Aug 23 '16 at 19:43

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