FileSystem > Ext3
Ext3 is an improved and compatible version of the Ext2 filesystem for Linux. It was introduced in kernel 2.2 and 2.4 (back in 1999). For more information about Ext3, follow the links in See Also section.
- It is possible to mount an ext3 file system using an ext2 driver (some features, like journaling won't be available).
- Ext2/3 are extremely well supported by most tools (partitioning, resizing, bootloaders, etc...)
Journaling (see ext3.txt in the See Also section)
Ext3 is the current default filesystem in DebianLenny.
- What are the default option for Ext3 partitions in Lenny?
ext_attr resize_inode dir_index filetype sparse_super large_file (See /etc/mke2fs.conf. Read the docs for the flags meaning)
- Can I resize an ext3 partition?
- Can I recover a deleted file?
Short answer: use your backup ! (otherwise try sometools like ext3grep)
- How to convert Ext3 to Ext4?
- Can I read Ext3 partitions from Windows ?
Yes. Wikipedia Ext3 page list some tools.
/usr/share/doc/linux-doc-2.6.XX/Documentation/filesystems/ext3.txt.gz, also available online for 2.6.29