Lifehacker made a great find the other day that all of the dual-booters will surely enjoy. They came across a free application, called Linux Reader, that gives Windows users the ability to access files from a Linux partition.
From the screenshot it may appear as though Linux Reader integrates directly into Windows Explorer, but that’s not the case. It’s a standalone program that you’re required to install (unless you grab the portable version), and after that you’ll be able to access files located on an Ext2/Ext3 Linux file system partition.
The only downside that I’ve seen to using this is that it doesn’t offer two-way communication. By that I mean you can read files from a Linux partition, but you’re not actually able to save them. From what I’ve found full read/write access to Linux partitions in Windows is much harder to come by.
Of course Ubuntu 7.10 already comes packed with full NTFS support, which means you’ll be able to read from and write to any Windows partition. We’ve already shown one way you can take advantage of this, but it would still be nice to have an easy way for writing to a Linux partition in Windows.