backing up to ext3 under windows

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  1. danielwbn

    danielwbn Registered Member

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    Hey guys, I am using Win XP Pro SP2 and True Image 10 home and I want to backup my windows data to an ext3 partition. When i boot from cd i can do that without a problem. is it possible to backup to an ext3 partition (or ext2 or reiserfs) from a running windows? (i would like to create tasks to backup to that partition and want to use it for other backups (from linux), too. I know i could use vfat, but I'm a little worried about security... :ninja:

    thanks for your help!!


    Daniel
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    Daniel,

    I haven't done this, but I've read that you can install drivers in Windows that will allow you to "mount/access" Linux partitions. (A Google search would probably bring it up.) However, I don't know if any "security" features of ext3 would remain intact when accessed this way.

    If you can get this to work, then I don't see why you couldn't save your backups to an ext3 partition. Windows would just see it as another drive.
     
  3. K0LO

    K0LO Registered Member

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    Daniel:

    TI can back up ext2/ext3 partitions while running in Windows, but it cannot write the backup file to a filesystem that Windows does not understand.

    One possible solution is to install a driver that allows Windows to write to ext2 filesystems. Here is one from fs-drivers.org.

    Or, if your Linux distribution can read NTFS files you could schedule an automatic backup to write the backup file to an NTFS partition (even the Windows C: partition will work) and then later, in Linux, move the file from C: to your ext3 partition.
     
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