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20 Tools for Linux to share with Windows

The gap between Linux and Windows filesystem has been improved alot. There are many different ways of seeing your windows partition on Linux. In this article, I’m going to list the 20 different types of useful applications you can use.  Some are simple and easy and some are a bit more complex but with great amount of extra features and such.

  1. Linux NTFS – provides Linux kernel drivers, a multiplatform NTFS library, and tools to create, resize, clone, rescue, query, label and fix NTFS volumes, and to undelete, resize, list, and query files for the filesystem used by Windows XP, 2003, 2000, NT4, and Vista. It also provides support for the Logical Disk Manager (LDM) that controls Windows’ Dynamic Disks and is used to create software mirrors, stripes, and RAID.
  2. SMB Web Client – a simple PHP script that allows users to access Windows networks from a Web browser (using Samba tools).
  3. Xfsamba – an SMB (Windows) network navigator with upload, download, rm, rmdir, mkdir, and tar capabilities. Xfsamba does not need to mount remote Windows shares. Drag and drop is enabled for file uploads/downloads.
  4. Smb4k – a SMB and CIFS (Windows) share browser for KDE. It uses the Samba software suite to access the SMB and CIFS shares of the local network neighborhood. Its purpose is to provide a program that’s easy to use and has as many features as possible.
  5. SMBNetFS – a user-space filesystem for Linux and FreeBSD that allows you browse a Samba/Microsoft network much like the network neighborhood in Microsoft Windows.
  6. Samba TNG – another SMB server for Unix-like operating systems. This software is concentrating on MSRPC interoperatability with Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003. It provides PDC support and tools to remotely administer NT servers and workstations. Note that Samba TNG is currently in a beta stage. If you need advanced file/print serving capabilities, you should opt for Samba classic.
  7. Davenport – a Java Servlet-based application providing WebDAV access to an entire SMB network. This enables users to connect to Windows and Samba shares via WebDAV clients such as Mac OS X, Windows Web Folders, etc. or any Web browser. Workgroups are browseable, and users are authenticated against a domain.
  8. IntegraTUM WebDisk – a Web application which gives you direct access to a file server. It is written using Java Servlets and the jCIFS library. Supported file servers are Samba, MS Windows, NetApp OnTAP, and any other server based on the CIFS protocol.
  9. Captive – provides full read/write access to NTFS disk drives in the WINE way by using the original Microsoft Windows ntfs.sys driver. It emulates the required subsystems of the Microsoft Windows kernel by reusing one of the original ntoskrnl.exe, ReactOS parts, or this project’s own reimplementations on a case by case basis. Involvement of the original driver files was chosen to achieve the best and unprecedented filesystem compatibility and safety.
  10. Sharity – mounts shares exported by Windows, Samba, and other SMB/CIFS servers in the file system of Unix computers. It implements Resource Browsing, which is similar to the Windows Network Neighborhood (Netbios Workgroups and Active Directory), NTLM, NTLMv2, and Kerberos authentication, Microsoft’s Distributed File System (DFS), and manipulation of Access Control Lists (ACLs).
  11. chntpw – a Linux utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your WinNT or Win2000 system, by modifying the crypted password in the registry’s SAM file. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one. It works offline (i.e., you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a linux floppy disk). The bootdisk includes stuff to access NTFS partitions and scripts to glue the whole thing together. This utility works with SYSKEY and includes the option to turn it off. A bootdisk image is provided.
  12. rfstool – allows you to access ReiserFS partitions from a Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP system. It also allows you to access ReiserFS partitions from Linux. It is a complete rewrite of the ReiserFS functions needed to list directories, copy files, and backup metadata.
  13. Scrounge NTFS – a data recovery program for NTFS filesystems. It reads each block of a hard disk and rebuilds the filesystem tree on another partition.
  14. Paragon NTFS for Linux – The Paragon NTFS for Linux driver provides read and write access to NTFS volumes for all kinds of files including system files.
  15. fatresize – a command line tool for non-destructive resizing of FAT16/FAT32 file systems. It is based on the GNU Parted library. The main target of the project is to be used with the EVMS FAT plugin.
  16. FUR filesystem – a filesystem based on FUSE which mounts a Windows CE device (connected with the librapi2 from the synce project) onto a directory of the local filesystem in a transparent and user-friendly way.
  17. WinShares – a Linux program that scans the network and mounts all Windows and Samba shares available, allowing the user to browse them. It uses CIFS.
  18. Explore2fs – a Windows program that provides read support for Linux ext2 and ext3 filesystems under NT4, Win95, Win98, WinME, Win2000, and WinXP. This is a Windows to Linux connector and it’s worth mentioning in this article.
  19. EXT2IFS - an Installable File System for Windows NT4, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. The driver can read both the EXT2 and EXT3 filesystems. A simple installation program makes using the driver easy. This is also a Windows to Linux connector and it’s worth mentioning in this article.
  20. NTFS-3G – a read/write NTFS driver. NTFS-3G is available for over 60 Linux distributions, including most major ones.

Lots of great tools to try…so little time.

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