Archive for March, 2009


How to mount a Ubuntu drive in Windows

This is another one of those “pay it forward” type posts. I spent the better part of an hour researching/installing/uninstalling/reg-editing and generally banging my head against a wall trying to get my girlfriend’s Ubuntu drive to show up as a readable drive in Windows XP so she could migrate her personal files over. It was hard enough to even find a good discussion of the problem, much less a list of solutions. Once I found a list, I tried every half-assed application on it, to no avail. Finally, on one forum thread, a user posted a link to a solution that actually works and is completely painless.

Go there. Download. Install. Use the Ext2 Volume Manager to assign a drive letter and then browse the drive in Windows Explorer. Couldn’t be much easier than that. Anyway, enjoy.

One more quick plug: The drive was attached to the XP computer via the Newertechnology USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter, which I’ve plugged previously elsewhere. It’s the best $30 guarantee against future frustration you’ll ever find. Get one.