Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When I try to mount a linux filesystem harddisk to a Windows server. It will show that the harddisk is not initialized and unallocated in computer management, but it simply does not show up as A drive letter (such as D:)

I think it is a centOS 6.2 harddisk (aki-88aa75e1)

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Sven, EEAA, cole, kce, womble Dec 23 '13 at 9:53

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Try including attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? for further guidance." – Sven, EEAA, cole, kce, womble
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Nice of you to downvote several correct answers below... – EEAA Dec 23 '13 at 1:07

My personal favorites are



Ext2Read (formerly Ext2Explore)

The former being the driver of choice. Very lightweight, full-featured and works with all ext's (ext2, ext3, ext4).

The latter is mainly a secondary option for you to have more choices.

Enjoy :)

share|improve this answer
Ext2Fsd only shows that the type is RAW. it does not show other info, like harddisk size.. Ext2Read shows nothing, not even when I click rescan system (on Windows Server 2008) – Gerrawo Dec 23 '13 at 0:09
It might not extend the support it has for ext2/3 to the newer ext4. But it has full R/W support for ext2,3,4. And as for seeing it in My Computer you'll have to mount it through the GUI and/or Comp Mgmt (sorry it's been a while). Are you looking to do something specific while it's in that server or just move data to an NTFS partition somewhere and call it a day? – Deryck Dec 23 '13 at 0:32
Yes, just move the data to an NTFS partition. I think the RAW partition is on centos 6.2 – Gerrawo Dec 23 '13 at 0:53
Oh it only says RAW but once you mount it you just assign the drive letter and you're in EXT4. Let me know if you get stuck at all – Deryck Dec 23 '13 at 1:39
How do I suppose to do that in this window: – Gerrawo Dec 23 '13 at 1:51

Windows as shipped, knows nothing about how to mount "linux filesystems". You'll need to install a third-party filesystem driver to do this.

share|improve this answer

Of course not. Windows doesn't support Linux file systems and it simply doesn't know what to with them. You will need to check if there is a 3rd party Windows driver for the filesystem on the disk (hint: There are different types of file systems used on Linux, like ext3/4, XFS, JFS, ReiserFS). And no, I don't have a recommendation for a driver.

share|improve this answer

You need to install an ext4 driver windows. Ext4 is name of the de facto standard filesystem in linux. There are many different software for this, for example here is one:

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.