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From my Windows machine I was able to successfully create installation media for Linux on a USB memory stick, which I then used for installing Linux (Ubuntu) on a target machine. Now that the installation is complete, I want to see what file(s) got written to the memory stick in the first place. However, Windows is giving me the following message:

You need to format the disk in drive blahblahblah before you can use it.

So is there a way for me to read the Linux installation media memory stick from Windows?

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Linux drives typically use the ext4 filesystem, which Windows cannot read out of the box. You could try looking at this question for ways to read an ext4 partition on Windows.

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