But there are tools available to read and write ext2/3 partitions from Windows. I had been using DiskInternal’s Linux Reader for a long time now. However this is quite a half-baked tool. It does not allow you to mount the partition. You can browse it and whatever file you need has to be saved to your Windows partition.
I recently came across another tools described on Quiz_Master’s blog. Follow this link for info on the same. It allows you to mount the partition and use it as any normal windows drive. Read and write are both supported. But if you, like myself, don’t trust anything running in Windoze there is the option to turn off write support. This is a really good tool and I haven’t had any probs with it so far.