How to access your Linux files from Windows

Linux logoA while back, I wrote a short tutorial on how to dual boot your PC in either Linux or Windows. The problem with this however is that if you’re constantly switching back and forth between the two, then you often leave behind files that you need access to. So, if you’re using Windows, and you’ve been working on something in Linux, you have to re-boot in Linux to access the files.

That’s why I was interested to discover DiskInternals Linux Reader which is a free utility that basically allows you to access Linux files and partitions from Windows. The utility works by creating a virtual partition and then allowing you to use it just like a regular disk. The downside however is that the files are read only – you can’t open them and work with them in Windows but it’s certainly better than having to reboot. This has been done to prevent the risk of corrupting the file or making it impossible to open it next time you run Linux.

The file browsing system is very similar to that used by Windows Explorer and it’s particularly adept at handling photos, giving you a preview of each photo before you open the file. So if you’re sick of rebooting your PC because to access files in Linux, then DiskInternals Linux Reader will save you a lot of wasted time. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t work the other way round because once you’ve got used to Linux, you probably won’t want to use Windows much anymore.

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