how to mount ext3

Discussion in 'OS X' started by silverwhalle, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. silverwhalle macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    i have a macbook 5,2.
    i've been trying to mount ext3 partition on which fedora is installed.
    to do that, i'd searched internet for the howto to mount ext3.
    as a result, i installed macfuse and ext2fx on mac and tried to mount with
    command mount. but failed..

    root# mount_ext2 -o rdonly -x /dev/disk0s5 /Volumes/Linux/
    mount_ext2: /dev/disk0s5 on /Volumes/Linux: Resource busy

    fuse-ext2 wasn't working as well..
    is it impossible ? if i change that ext3 partition to ext2, will it be working?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd say ext2fx Is made for ext2 file systems and ext3 being different isn't supported.

    You can use dropbox to move files between the two or a thumb drive or even an external disk formatted to FAT.

    Ext3 and now ext4 are much more advanced then ext2 that I wouldn't recommend going backwards to ext2. Heck F12's default is ext4 at this point and is pretty much rock solid
  3. silverwhalle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008

    k. thank you maflynn.
  4. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Haven't tried it myself, but a google search found this
  5. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    ext3 is a strict superset of ext2, so the drivers for the ext2 should support ext3 as well, just without the journaling part.
  6. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    Where is this partition physically, a external drive? If it was on a linux box I could give you instructions on how to mount it across your network using NFS. Let me know if this would be a possibility for you.

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