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Ext4 on a Win8 external drive?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Ext4 on a Win8 external drive?


    I read that with "Paragon ExtFS for Windows" I could use Ext 2/3/4 in my Windows 8 environment.

    Would there be any speed benefit with this?

    I read in many places that Ext4 is a superior file system, but would it be good in this case?

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can get read/write access to your Linux partitions from within windows using that program.

    No idea what you mean by a speed boost.

    You can't run windows on those filesystems.
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I have 2 virtual machines (UBUNBU, Linux Mint) and also have Linux Mint installed as a stand alone machine, I am using this freeware to access the ext partitions and the speed is blazing fast: Ext2Fsd Project Downloads
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    Paragon ExtFS was designed for interoperability with a Linux OS, not for routine use with Windows. While Ext4 may be a superior file system when used with a Linux OS (I am not saying one way or another) I would expect it to be less than ideal for Windows. It can read and write an Ext4 partition, but can it create one? The website makes no such claim.
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    Windows 8


    So no point to bother with it?
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    Unless you need to share a drive with a Linux OS, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muyfa View Post
    So no point to bother with it?
    Short answer: No

    Why would you want to access Linux partitions? - they are purely for that OS (Boot, Root and Swap) Home partition should be Ntfs, should you have Windows on your LAN as well...
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