backing up to ext3 under windows

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  1. danielwbn

    danielwbn Registered Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    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!!

  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006

    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

    Mar 9, 2006
    State College, Pennsylvania

    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

    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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