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Mount Ext2/Ext3 Linux volumes in the Finder System
There have been different possibilites to mount Linux Ext2/Ext3 volumes in the Mac OS X Finder: Enter fuse-ext2, a new similar project which indeed does work with recent distros, both in Mac OS X 10.4.x and 10.5.x, on Intel and PowerPC machines. It also works with VMware Fusion virtual disks. So far, it's been reliable in read-only mode, but in the future, there should be better read-write support and also a preference pane to control it.

Note that it requires MacFUSE to work. Promising, indeed...
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Mount Ext2/Ext3 Linux volumes in the Finder
Authored by: tempel on Jul 16, '09 08:56:37AM

There is another alternative: ExtFS from Paragon Software.

I've bought their NTFS file system for Mac OS and found it solid.

Paragon appears to have a lot of experience on the Windows side already, so their FS drivers are well tested in that regard.

They offer a 10 day trial, and it's not expensive, either.

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Mount Ext2/Ext3 Linux volumes in the Finder
Authored by: mmnw on Jul 16, '09 01:50:20PM

While I have tried neither, Paragon nor fuse-ext2, I think $39,95 is expensive. In my time on the mac I came across multiple ntfs drives, but only one with ext. I did use an Ubuntu live cd that one time to access the drive. The 5 minutes to reboot is still cheaper than paying $40 ...

I did try Paragons NTFS driver once (which is cheaper btw) and compared it with the MacFuse ntfs-3g driver. While I had no complains about Paragons solution, I had none about nfts-3g either. So I did stick with ntfs-3g, nothing beats free. So I'm looking forward to a free solution for an exotic problem, which does not justify paying money (at least not for most of us).

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Mount Ext2/Ext3 Linux volumes in the Finder
Authored by: kwanghui on Jan 29, '10 01:13:21PM

I find the easiest and most reliable way to access linux ext3 partitions on my mac is to run Ubuntu in a vmware virtual machine on the mac. Once running you can connect Ubuntu to the ext3 drive via usb, and this way you can get complete reliability reading and writing to ext3 file systems. It's fast because the disk is directly connected to the mac, unlike on a network. And you can use it to copy files very quickly to/from the mac host by using shared directories or any number of other ways.

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Mount Ext2/Ext3 Linux volumes in the Finder
Authored by: addn on Jun 08, '10 12:16:39PM

[paraphrased] Nov 16, 2008 9:20 PM
. you cannot use Fusion's VMDKMounter to mount
an ext3/LVM .vmdk virtual disk;
and, any other solution -- if it exists --
has nothing to do with Fusion.
So in the context of using Fusion's VMDKMounter
to mount an ext3/LVM virtual disk
it is not doable, as it is with a Windows NTFS or
FAT32 formated .vmdk virtual hard disk .
. In theory all you have to do is
find a MacFUSE filesystem plugin that handles ext3.
There's an experimental one,
but I don't think it's stable .

if you had vmware workstation for pc ...
. add USB controller to the VM
and plug in the external drive after the VM starts to boot;
add it as a physical disk to the VM
(thats the advanced option in the add disk wizard) .

Mounting ext3 in Snow Leopard? 2009.9
[recent problems]

Fuse-ext2 2010.06/readme.rtf/Bugs
Fuse-ext2 is a EXT2 Filesystem support for FUSE.
. there are no known bugs for read-only mode.
although, write support is available (and it is pretty stable)
please do not mount your filesystems with write support
unless you do not have anything to lose.

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