Unable to mount FAT16, EXT2 or EXT3

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by NetMonkey, Apr 27, 2005.

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  1. NetMonkey

    NetMonkey Registered Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Northfield, MA
    I have been told by support that True Image 8.0 build 826 is not able to mount Linux EXT2, EXT3 or ReiserFS filesystem because they are not supported filesystems in Windows XP.

    This is a sizeable limitation to your software. Symantec Ghost 8.0 Enterprise allows you to view/extract files from a Ghost image of any supported Ghost file system (FAT8, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, FAT64, NTFS, HPFS, EXT2 and EXT3). This is done using Ghost Explorer, which requires no mounting of an image.

    Why can't Acronis do this with their software or provide an additional Image browser that doesn't mount file systems from images as drive letters.

    As far as mounting or accessing Linux filesystems from Windows XP, such as EXT2, EXT3, or ReiserFS, this can already be done using OpenSource software. Why not encorporate this technique or functionately into True Image's Explore Image.

    One OpenSource product that allows you to browse/copy files from a Linux EXT2/EXT3 file systems to a Windows OS requires no drivers and uses an explorer interface. See link below: http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/

    Another example, installs a driver that allows you to access EXT2 / EXT3 file systems from the Windows Explorer or from the command prompt. It maps a virtual drive letter to the EXT2/EXT3 filesystem. See link: http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm

    So, it can be done. Support, I would be interested in your feedback. Thanks!

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2005
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello NetMonkey,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are really sorry for the inconveniences. Acronis program is not able to mount Linux EXT2, EXT3 or ReiserFS filesystem under Windows now, but Our Development Team is working on this option and we plan to implement this feature in the future.

    Our program plugs images as virtual drives thus enabling to access them as usual drives with the file systems that partitions/disks have when the image was created. At present it's not possible to mount Linux EXT2, EXT3 or ReiserFS filesystems under Windows, because Windows natively cannot see them.

    Thank you.
    Irina Shirokova
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2005
  3. foldh7

    foldh7 Registered Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    HowTo mount Linux EXT3 tib under Windows

    1.) Install freeware "Ext2 Installable File System For Windows"
    http://www.fs-driver.org/download.html (tested with Version 1_10).

    2.) Try to mount the EXT image with acronis. This takes a while and returns the known "Cannot assign a drive letter ..." error.

    3.) But now in IFS Drivers configuration you have an additional Linux Drive and can assign it a drive letter manually

    Have Fun

    P.S. I have only old version 6 of acronis but hopefully that will also work on the latest editions.
  4. dacomb

    dacomb Guest

    That Worked!!! I had the same issue and that driver solves the issue.

    Basically, start to Explore or Mount the image in Acronis (v8 latest works) and then run that driver exe. Then assign a drive letter within the driver setup, finish and open windows explorer... don't worry about the error in Acronis... It won't matter.
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