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#1 al_jo

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 05:56 AM

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File Name: Ext2 Volume Manager
File Submitter: al_jo
File Submitted: 24 Oct 2013
File Updated: 27 Jan 2014
File Category: App scripts

Homepage:
http://www.ext2fsd.com/

Script tested and working using this guide/project:
http://al-jo.99k.org/Win7PEguide.html
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#2 CornelisJ

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:36 PM

I tried this script in my Win7PE_SE project, and it does work for me.

The problem seems to be that this is only a script for the Ext2 Volume Manager. However the Ext2/3/4 flie system driver (file Ext2fsd.sys) is not included, and that is probably why the Ext2fsd service cannot be started. The result is that the Ext2/3/4 volume cannot be accessed.

 

Anybody has a fix for this?



#3 CornelisJ

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:44 PM

There is a typo in the first line of my post above.

I meant to say that the script for the Ext2 Volume Manager does not work for me.

 

I can start the Volume Manager but do cannot access ext2, ext3 or ext4 partitions because the script does not install the ext2fsd.sys file system driver.



#4 al_jo

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:57 AM

Hi Cornelis & thanks for reporting.

Ext2fsd.sys is now included and will be copied to:

X:\Windows\System32\

Hope it works better now...



#5 CornelisJ

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:31 PM

Hi al_jo, thank you for updating the ExtMgr script.

 

I can see that the driver Ext2fsd.sys is added, but I stll can't acess an EXt3 partition under Win7PE.

Maybe file Ext2fsd.sys needs to be registered in the Win7PE registry in order to work.

 

After assigning a drive letter to the EXT3 partition using Ext2Mgr and trying to access the drive letter with Win7PE explorer, I get an error message that the partition is unformatted.

 

FAQ on page http://www.ext2fsd.com/?page_id=7 has the following Q&A:

Q) Windows explorers shows up my mounted Ext3 partition as unformatted ?
A) 1, Make sure ExtsFsd service is started:
      Ext2Mgr: Tools Menu->Service Management->Start Button
   2, If ExtsFsd is started already, then try to remove the drive letter
      and re-assign

But the Ext2Fsd service can't be started, possibly because Ext2fsd.sys is not registered.

 

Anyway, thank you very much for your attempt to help.

When I have time I will try to adapt the script in order to get it working. If I get it working I will post it in this topic.
I am quite busy the coming weeks, so don't expect an update on short time.



#6 al_jo

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:55 AM

@Cornelis

Changed the path for Ext2fsd.sys to:

X:\Windows\System32\Drivers

Also added some registry keys.

Can not test here since I don’t have any ext2/3/4 file systems at this moment.

But the Ext2Fsd service can be started from the PE now…



#7 CornelisJ

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:44 PM

Hi al-jo,

 

I have rebuild Win7PE using the updated Ext2Mgr script, and now it is working.

I can now read files from the Ext3 partition of my harddisk from Win7PE.

 

For people that also want to use this tool, this is how to use it:

1) In Win7PE start Ext2Mgr

2) In Ext2Mgr go to Menu => Tools => Service Management

3) Click the Start button to start the Ext2fsd service

The Ext2/3/4 partition is mounted and a drive letter is assigned automatically

 

Thanks again al-jo!






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