By Dervish / Last Updated March 3, 2022


How to format ext4 to NTFS in Window?

I'd like to format one of my partitions to NTFS which is Ext4 at the moment and an Ubuntu is installed on, that I don’t need anymore. But I can't see the partition in My Computer, I've never tried anything like that so I don't know what to do. How can I format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows? Is there any suggestion?”

- Question from Linux mint forums

Why format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 11/10/8/7?

In a computer, a file system is the way of files are named and where they are placed logically for storage and retrieval. Besides, it also used to manage space on available storage devices. Without file system, file stored on a device would be one large body of data, as data does not know where to stop or when to begin. 

There are many different kinds of file systems, each of them has its own structure and logic rules, speed, size, etc. Generally, Ext4 is the default file system in Ubuntu Linux and the default file system in Windows is NTFS. If you connect a hard drive with Ext4 file system to your Windows computer, you will find that Windows does not support Ext4 file system. That is to say, you need to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows if you want to use that Ext4 hard drive in Windows 10/8/7.

How to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 11/10/8/7?

Don’t know how to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7? Here provides you two methods to do this operation.

First of all, you should connect your Ext4 hard drive to you Windows computer, and make sure it can be detected.

Method 1. Format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 with Diskpart.

Use Diskpart to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows, you need to clean the disk at first, and create a primary partition. The specific steps are as follow:

Step 1.Click Start, type “cmd” to find the cmd program, right click it and select “Run as Administrator”, or press “WIN+R”, type “cmd” and press Enter. Type “diskpart” to open the diskpart command prompt.

Step 2. Type “list disk” to list all the available drives and press “Enter”.

Step 3. Type “select disk n”, here n means the number of the disk you want to clean.

Step 4.After selecting the disk, type “clean” and press “Enter”.

Step 5.Type “create partition primary” and press “Enter”.

Step 6. Type “format fs=ntfs quick” and press “Enter”.

Format with Diskpart

Now you are successfully format Ext4 to NTFS.

Method 2. Format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 with a third party partition format tool

If the solution mentioned above does not help, you can turn to the third method-use a third party partition format tool to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7. Compare with other software, here I highly recommend free AOMEI Partition Assistant-the best partition format tool which provide you many powerful functions like format partition. You can use it to format partition into different kinds of file system you need in Windows 10/8/7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The following example will show you how to format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 7. Download this formatter and see the specific steps:

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Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click your Ext4 partition and select “Format Partition”.

Format Ext4 Partition 128gb

Step 2.In the pop-up window, choose “NTFS” from drop-down menu next to “File System”. you also can specify “Cluster Size” under file system if you need to. Then click “OK” to continue.

Select Ntfs File System 128gb

Step 3. Then, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the virtual result and click “Apply” > “Proceed” after your confirmation.

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Follow these simple steps, you can format Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 easily and effectively. AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best partition format tool. Besides format partition and create partition, it also has many other powerful functions like resize/move/delete partition, migrate OS to SSD, disk copy, wipe hard drive, and so on. If you meet the problem about c drive full in Windows 10/8/7, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to solve this issue.