How can I copy large files from an ext4 external hard drive to NTFS Windows 7?

Jack December 31, 2010

It would be excellent if NTFS and ext4 could read and write to each other, hence making dual booting betweeen Windows 7 (NTFS) and Ubuntu (ext4) easier.

Can anybody give me the link for any software or driver so that I can easily copy big file of 4-5 GB each from an ext4 external hard disk to NTFS Windows 7 without any pain?

After some Googling I got some useful pages, but I’m not sure that it would work or not for copying big files: Ext2explore software

  1. Mike
    January 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Ubuntu should be able to read from NTFS by default, as for writing follow the link
    or if you know your way around Linux "sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g" etc.

    For the other way around (read/write ext4 under Windows) Google came up with:
    Ext2read (
    Ext2Fsd (

    Besides that Ext4 is just getting popular it's not a common "problem" to access Linux partitions using Windows ~ and if so you'd usually use FAT32 for Linux in the first place.