By Emily / Last Updated October 23, 2020

When need to clone Ext4 partition in Windows?

“I have an Ext4 partition (with Linux operating system installed) on my internal hard disk, now I want to clone it to an external hard drive to boot another computer from Linux OS. But I don’t know how to clone Ext4 Linux partition in the Windows environment. Any idea? Thanks a lot!”

It is well-known that Ext4, Ext3 and Ext2 are the default file system format for the Linux operating system and we cannot access those Ext partitions in Windows computer. To run Linux on Windows for dual boot, it is necessary format drive to Ext4, and install Linux OS onto it. However, when you want to make an exact copy of the original Ext4 partition or transfer Linux to a different partition, cloning the Ext4 partition will be a perfect solution.

Free software to clone Ext Linux partition on Windows

Partition clone is not the same thing as “Copy and Paste” like you do to copy personal files. The core difference is that partition clone can copy everything related to the partition such as partition settings, file layout, partition type, hidden files or folders, etc while “Copy and Paste” cannot. Therefore, everything on the target partition can work as normal after clone. For example, the cloned OS and application can load up and run successfully.

To clone Ext4 partition in Windows 10/8/7, you need a professional partition clone tool. Then AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a great recommendation. This freeware can clone Ext4/Ext3/Ext2 Linux partition and NTFS/FAT32/exFAT partition on all editions of Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Besides, it provides “Clone Partition Quickly” and “Sector-by-Sector Clone” methods: the first one only clones the used sectors to the target partition and allows you to clone a bigger partition to smaller partition while the second one clone used and unused sectors to destination partition.

However, you should know that you can only clone Ext4 partition by “Sector-by-Sector Clone” since Ext4 is a Linux file system and cannot be recognized by Windows. Namely, you cannot clone Ext4/Ext3/Ext2 to smaller partitions. Now download the freeware and read the rest content to learn how to copy Ext4 partition to another larger partition.

Steps to free clone Ext4 partition in Windows 10/8/7

Now, we will explain how to clone Ext4, Ext3 and Ext2 partition on Windows PC step by step. First of all, please check out the following precautions:

Only the unallocated space can be selected as the destination space, so please make one by shrinking or deleting another partition in advance.
Ensure the destination unallocated space is large enough to hold all sectors on the Ext4 partition.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right click the Ext4 partition and choose “Clone Partition”.

Clone Ext4 Partition

Step 2. In the next screen, choose “Sector-by-Sector Clone" and click “Next”.

Clone Method

Step 3. Select the unallocated space to save the copy of the Ext4 partition and click “Next”. If the unallocated space is on an SSD drive, please tick the option "Optimize the performance of SSD".

Select Destination Space

Step 4. Here, you can make the cloned Ext4 partition as either logical drive or primary drive, or keep the defaults and click “Finish”.

Partition Type

Step 5. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.

Apply

Wait for a while and the clone will be completed. If you are planning to clone NTFS partition, FAT32 partition or exFAT partition, the steps are quite similar.

Summary

So, with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can clone Ext4 partition on Windows computer within 5 steps. In addition, this freeware also supports cloning hard disk, merging partitions, converting MBR and GPT without deleting partitions. To enjoy more advanced features like allocate free space, migrate OS to SSD, quick partition a large disk, convert dynamic disk to basic one without losing data, you can upgrade to Professional edition.