On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:

>> There is a reference to this on an unrelated forum:
>> http://www.drdosprojects.de/cgi-bin/anyboard.cgi?fvp=/forum/drp_forum/&cmd=iYz&aK=3756&iZz=3756&gV=0&kQz=&aO=1&iWz=0
>> If I understand correctly, this driver is meant to support even ext3!
>> But, does it really?
> Don't know. Anything is better than nothing, but we can't really
> suggest solutions that are illegal. Sadly a lot of software just rots
> since nobody maintains it (yet copyright still forbids copying such
> things, ugh).

I have an open source Windows driver that correctly reads and writes
the ext4 partitions on a box where I multiboot Win2K and Linux.

Ext3 is ext2 with journaling.  Ext4 is ext3 with support for extents.
If the driver can recognize and read an ext2 file system, I'd expect
it to handle ext3 and 4 as well.  It can read the directory structure
and follow pointers to blocks on disk.

> I suggest you just try to use a user-space program like TestDisk. I
> haven't used it much, but in minimal testing it did seem to access my
> ext3 partition correctly.

Test Disk does low level access, and doesn't *care* what the file
system is.  It operates on the raw device doing direct sector reads.

I've used it here to recover lost partition tables, and the companion
PhotoRec application to recover lost image files.  PhotoRec knows what
an image file looks like, and simply does low level disk reads till it
finds the start of one and continues to what appears to be the end.

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