Is it possible to convert a file system from EXT3 -> EXT2?

Jeff Silverman jeffs at
Mon Dec 10 09:25:47 PST 2001

Over the weekend, I tried updating my home machine from RH 6.2 to RH
7.2. I selected the convert from EXT2 to EXT3 feature, which was
probably a dumb idea. The update crashed at the first step. So I tried
to reboot my machine under the old system. SURPRISE! All of the file
systems converted from EXT2 to EXT3 and now the 6.2 system doesn't get
it; won't boot at all.

So what I need is a tool that will run under trinux that will convert
EXT3 to EXT2 filesystem, or else a tool that will run under trinux that
will enable EXT3 on a RH6.2 system, or else I need to get a new system
disk and install RH7.2 with EXT3 support from scratch. Blech!

Any advice?


Jeff Silverman, sysadmin for the Research Computing Systems (RCS)
University of Washington, School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Dept.
Box 352500, Seattle, WA, 98125-2500 FAX: (206) 221-5264 Phone (206) 221-5394
jeffs at

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