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  1. elbeeuk

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    Hi all,
    I know that you can't see an ext partition or its contents in Windows due to Windows not understanding the ext structure.
    My questions are:
    1. Is there an app that allows me to view the contents of the ext partition on my sd card?
    2. Would I have to use root explorer? (or is this just (as I suspect)to let me get at the /data, /system folders on the phone?)
    3. Is there a command I could run in terminal emulator to list the contents (similar to dir, dir/p in dos)?

    As a bit of background, this is all linked to the fact that spotify is deciding to not install to my sd card in the normal place. It used to save the offline files in \sdcard\spotify but now it doesn
     

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    The application Diskusage can show the content of SD-Ext.
     
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    Thnaks Usta.
    I'll give it a go

    Elbeeuk
     
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    root explorer will let you browse your sd-ext partition.

    Or you can do it with terminal: the unix command is "ls" to list the contents of a directory, so "ls -l /sd-ext" will do what you want (the "-l" option means long listing, i.e. show details, and is, well, optional).
     
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    Is it possible to access /data or sd-ext from windows?
     
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    You should be able to do it using adb shell - lets you run linux terminal commands over a usb connection. But that's basically the same as running commands via the terminal emulator, only with a proper keyboard and a bigger screen.

    I guess that what you are really asking is whether it's possible to mount these filesystems so that you can browse (write to??) them from Windows. And while I'm not really a Windows person, I'm pretty sure the answer is no. You can google apps that claim to let windows read ext filesystems, but whether any of these would work and let you mount the sd-ext I cannot say.

    I have managed to mount my sd card's ext partition on an Ubuntu virtual machine (I backed it up to the VM, just because I could), but even there there was no way of mounting /data.
     
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    There are apps that can browse ext. Explore2fs etc (i've been playing).

    But even if you mount the entire SD using recovery "Mount USB mass storage" (so that both partitions can be mounted instead of the individual mounting points), Windows does not have the correct drivers to handle multiple partitions on an SD card as it is not the norm to have multiple partitions on one.

    So the short answer is no, you cannot browse the SD-EXT on a Windows system
     
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