Ooh. Okay, so this is news to me. There is a freeware tool to recover ext2/ext3 filesystems from Windows. Wow, that’s a change. Is it just me or do most of the free and open source recovery tools seem to run under Linux these days? (Microsoft even has an article about how to recover NTFS with Linux.)
Well, hmm, on a second look it looks like DiskInternals Linux Recovery is free but not necessarily open source. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Thinking along these lines, I’m curious about the current state of accessing NTFS from Linux. I know that back in the day you could read an NTFS disk from Linux, but you could sometimes corrupt the NTFS volume. So, I did a quick Google and found the Linux-NTFS Wiki.
Okay, so here’s the deal apparently (pulled right from the Wiki):
• kernel driver: fast, reliable, read-only. Most people already have it.
• ntfsmount: fast, reliable, read/write, userspace.
• ntfsprogs: various tools for managing ntfs, like mkntfs, ntfsresize and ntfsclone.
So it looks like the status quo has been maintained to some extent. You can read NTFS right off the bat. To write to NTFS, you need to install ntfsmount.
Looking more into ntfsprogs, I see ntfsclone. Nifty! I was thinking this may be a free way to Ghost (say, if you could use ntfsclone, Knoppix, and an NFS filesystem somewhere), but apparently you have boot issues if you just move NTFS to another computer without doing a little legwork. OR. You can run GAG, a graphical boot manager. Check it out.