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Explore2fs Portable Edition v1.07c

Midas on 24 Aug 2019
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Nov 2006
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Explore2fs is an explorer-type application for browsing Linux file systems under Windows. The program is compatible with most filesystems including ext2, ext3, ReiserFS, and more. Explore2fs Portable Edition is a wrapper for the program.

Note: This is a portable program that has not been updated since 2006 and may not work with the latest changes to various file systems (e.g., the "About" dialog only mentions Linux 'ext2' and 'ext3' file systems and not 'ext4').

System requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE ('explore2fsPE.paf.exe') and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch explore2fsPE.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: DiskInternals Linux Reader
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Webfork on 2008-01-20 13:35

According to home page, ext2 and ext3 are supported.

Webfork on 2008-01-20 13:38

... and also claims to "read ReiserFS and many other filesystems." The latest beta version may go further with that than the provided link.

Midas on 2019-08-24 11:05

FYI, this program new homepage is at, listing a couple of newer Beta versions. The last snapshot of the original homepage from the Internet Archive is at:

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CheckDisk v1.6

billon on 14 Aug 2019
  • 540KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Aug 2019
  • Suggested by AlephX

CheckDisk searches for and repairs disk errors via either a basic or thorough surface test. The program is similar to ScanDisk and chkdsk tools supplied with Windows. It can find bad sectors on your disk and mark them as such, working on both hard disks (including SCSI and RAID) and removable media. It can also check CDs for errors as well.

Note: Manual is in German.

System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch checkDisk.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
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George on 2009-10-27 16:02

Very good, repaired my external hdd +AAA. my english is bad sorry xD I from panama

Dadi on 2009-11-28 01:03

I had the problem: "Cannot Delete File: Cannot Read from the Source File or Disk" on my MP3 player. This program works really well!!! Chkdsk doesn't fixed it, this program has put all the damaged files in one invisible map. So tools --> folder options --> view --> uncheck hide protected operating system files --> I could view the files, I could delete that files and my MP3 player was totally empty!! Thanks a lot for making this good program!

wagner reatto on 2019-08-15 18:55

I have system (Windows) on an SSD (C:), a Disk 1 Tb (Seagate) (D:), here it is the pagefile.sys. This application presents problems on both disks when it is to read and fix. On an external Seagate 1 Tb everything goes well.

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TestDisk v7.1

billon on 9 Jul 2019
  • 28MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Jul 2019
  • Suggested by AlephX

TestDisk is a powerful drive and data recovery software that is designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. This can be caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or of course human error (such as accidentally deleting your partition table).

The program is cross-platform with recovery tools for a long list file systems and includes the also-portable recovery software PhotoRec.

Note: Use with caution; it's recommended that you read the documentation and take your time. The software can easily made dramatic and difficult-to-reverse system modifications.

System requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.
What's new? See:
Latest comments
webfork on 2015-12-30 00:36

shnbwmn: The documentation on the website gives an effective breakdown:

webfork on 2019-06-29 22:21

@juverax: given the nature of the program, I think I'd prefer to list non-beta tools in the entry, as they are presumably the most reliable. Still, good to see they're still making progress. I love this program.

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BOOTICE v1.3.4

billon on 25 Jan 2019
  • 937KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jun 2016
  • Suggested by Midas

BOOTICE is a boot-related maintenance gadget that is used to install, repair, backup and restore disk (mirrored) MBR or partition PBR; edit Windows boot configuration file BCD; manage UEFI startup items; VHD / VHDX file management. In addition, it has disk sector editing, disk filling, partition management, disk partitioning and formatting, GRUB4DOS menu editing and other functions.

NOTE: Homepage is down, linking to Softpedia.

System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch BOOTICEx86_XXXX.XX.XX_vX.X.X.X.exe or BOOTICEx64_XXXX.XX.XX_vX.X.X.X.exe (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: HDHacker
What's new? See Chinese changelog here.
Latest comments
zorro on 2019-01-25 04:27

The site appears to be down/gone?
Alternative download locations for the last version:

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DriveSort v1.242

billon on 16 Sep 2018
  • 198KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Sep 2018
  • Suggested by MarkB / tls

DriveSort directly reads directory tables of FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 formatted volumes, allowing users to view file listings in the order they were written.

Recent operating systems re-sort file lists before display, either by name, by size, or by whatever the user chooses. However, the firmware of playing devices -- like small MP3 players, for example -- sometimes behaves differently, mostly because they lack necessary resources (CPU, memory), a problem developers usually solve by dis/playing files in the order they are written on the storage medium -- normally, the order they were added.

Additionally, DriveSort is able to change that ordering, making itself useful for re-arranging movies, series episodes, audio or picture files on FATx formatted media; afterwards, players will be able to reproduce files in the expected sequence.

System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
The latest x86 Visual C++ redistributable components
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DriveSort.exe.
What's new? See:
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tls on 2014-06-23 14:01

@Midas could you kindly add "sort pictures for vacation slide shows on tv"

@Anerty sent email for suggestion on google search terms for search engine optimization.

tls on 2014-06-24 11:01

as the author has said
"...this tool requires admin rights since it interacts with the sorted disk partition"
if you get an "access denied" error
then it means that another program is accessing your usb
you could probably use unlocker to determine what other program is accessing your usb

best practice:
i would NOT use this on my 500gb external HD
unless i'm darned sure i can restore it's contents
i only use this on my 32 gb usb's (containing copies of my video files)
while my original files stay safe on my 500gb external HD

tls on 2014-06-24 14:11

@Midas thanks for the changes :)

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