In most cases you will not need to mount the Windows partitions on your system manually; during the installation they will be added to the filesystem table /etc/fstab so that they are available to you at all times.
Accessing Linux partitions from Windows is slightly trickier than the reverse because Windows does not provide any built-in support for any of the types of partitions used by Linux. However, a number of utilities and drivers are available for Windows systems that enable you to mount and access EXT2 or EXT3 filesystems under Windows. These range from commercial products to public domain and open source utilities:
■ Explore2fs (www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs) EXT2 filesystem access from Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP, and Me.
■ EXT2 IFS (http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm)
Installable filesystem driver for EXT2 and EXT3 under Windows NT, 2000, and XP.
■ Ext2fsnt (http://ashedel.chat.ru/ext2fsnt/) EXT2 access from Windows NT. This driver code has been incorporated in Paragon Software's Mount Everything utility.
We highly recommend Explore2fs as an open source solution and Paragon Software Group's Mount Everything as a commercial solution. Many people have reported success with the other packages listed in the previous list, but we have no direct experience with them.
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