Last week I finally decided switching to the new Ubuntu distribution: Intrepid Ibex.
I decided to format both partitions (root and home), but unfortunately Windows stopped to access to the home partition, recognizing it as RAW and suggesting me to format it!
I used the freeware Ext2IFS to let Windows access to the Ext3 home partition, so I statrted looking for a solution in the troubleshooting section of its website. Its suggestion was to execute a little program to analyze the partition. Here it is the result:
The volume has an Ext2/Ext3 file system, but the Ext2 IFS 1.11 software did not mount it because the file system has an inode size unequal to 128 bytes (inode size: 256 bytes).
The only way to solve it is to back up the volume’s files and format the file system: give the mkfs.ext3 utility the -I 128 switch. Finally, restore all backed-up files.
After that, the Ext2 IFS software should be able to access the volume.
WOW! What a nice solution!
Searching deeply in Google I found that new Linux distributions, like Ubuntu, use the new 256 bytes size for inodes, making many of the Ext2/3 drivers that are now available on web unusable on Windows.
Fortunately, there’s a driver that runs with 256 bytes inodes: Ext2fsd. I’m using it since few hours but it looks like running well.
Tags: driver, explore2fs, Ext, Ext2fsd, Ext2IFS, file system, guida, Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu, windows