Ext2/3 Partitions - Mounting them on the Desktop
If you need GUI-based access to the contents of a hard drive, or if you need to mount an ext2/3 hard drive on a computer running Windows or OS X, this page may have an answer for you. The process outlined here is useful for someone rescuing data from a backup USB hard drive, or from a data partition in a Linkstation.
- ext2fsx driver from SourceForge.net
- a computer running OS X (10.3-10.4.x are currently supported)
- a hard drive formatted in ext2 or ext3
Unmount cleanly from current mount point. Check w/ df -Th
Connecting and Determining diskMsN
sudo -s mkdir /Volumes/linux mount_ext2 -o rdonly -x /dev/disk2s1 /Volumes/linux
Finder Menu Go->Go To Folder
Check w/ df -Th
Error messages and their meaning:
- Invalid argument
mount_ext2: /dev/disk3s1 on /Volumes/linux: Invalid argument
If you are using a USB drive, this may mean that you forgot to unmount before physically disconnecting your cable.
- No such directory
/dev/disk3s1 on /Volumes/linux: No such file or directory
You may have forgotten to create the mount point directory in /Volumes.