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Make (U)EFI partition contents available in Windows Explorer?


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#1 Wonko the Insane

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:31 PM

I would like to make my internal SSD's EFI partition contents viewable in Explorer. It is not assigned a drive letter but I can assign one via diskpart (but apparently not in Disk Management). I can navigate the contents in a CMD window. But it's a lot easier to be able to just see the files in Explorer (for ease of copying to/from, etc). I have Windows 10's bootloader there, GRUB2 for Fedora, VeraCrypt loader for UEFI Windows system encryption, and soon, rEFInd as well. Being able to see the contents in something that can be interacted with via point-and-click is much desired. In Explorer if you try to access the volume via the drive letter it will just say that you don't have permission, if you try giving yourself permission it will always say no. I remember that it could be accessed in Explorer just fine when I was running Windows 7, apparently they've changed a lot about 10 (quite an understatement). Maybe I need to use a different file manager ( although I don't that would work because the permissions/ownership issue is still present)?. FAT32 is supposed to be permissionless and ownerless anyway, so theoretically anything has unfettered access. This is just a matter of Windows overprotecting an important partition from users that Microsoft views as unknowledgeable, incompetent, etc.

 

I have no issues accessing the EFI contents in Linux, as long as I am viewing with root permissions.

 

Thanks!






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