Overview of EXT4 partition in Windows
As you may know, EXT4 is the default File System in Linux system, and NTFS is the default File System of Windows. 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. Or if you’re dual booting Windows and Linux, you’ll find you cannot do some basic operations like create, format and copy EXT4 partition in Windows. What should you do in this situation?
Though Windows operating system does not support EXT4 file system, you still can create, format and copy EXT4/ext3/ext2 partition under Windows with the help of a free partition manager.
Software to manage EXT4 partition in Windows 7/8/10
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a free partition manager that is designed for Windows 7/8/10/XP/Visa. It supports almost all File System including Ext2, Ext3, EXT4, exFAT, FAT32, NTFS. You can do some basic operation like creating, formatting and copying EXT4 partition in Windows easily.
Create EXT4 partition in Windows
The Create Partition feature allows you to create EXT4 partition easily and quickly.
Step 1. Right click the unallocated space and select Create Partition in the left panel.
Tips: You can also create partition without unallocated space.
Step 2. At next page, specify the size, drive letter. Select File System EXT4 and click OK. As you can see, EXT3 and EXT3 are also available.
Step 3. Then it will return to the main interface, click Apply and then Proceed to submit the operation.
Format EXT4 partition in Windows
Sometimes, you need to format EXT4 partition to make it usable in Windows. You can use Format Partition feature to format EXT4 partition to NTFS or FAT32.
Step 1. In the main interface, right click the partition and choose Format Partition.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose NTFS among listed file systems. Then, click OK.
Step 3. Return to the main interface. Confirm pending operating and click Apply >Proceed to execute the operation.
The advanced version of AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to format EXT4 partition using CMD.
Copy EXT4 partition in Windows
To copy EXT4 partition, you can use Copy Partition feature. This feature allows you to transfer data or make an exact copy of the EXT4 partition. You can follow the steps below to copy EXT4 partition in Windows.
Step 1. Right click the EXT4 partition and select Copy Partition.
Step 2. At the next Windows, the software will automatically choose the copying method, you need only click Next and select another location as destination path. Then click Next.
Tips: If the destination disk is SSD, remember to tick Optimize the performance of SSD box.
Step 3. At next window, you can resize the partition. After that, click Finish.
Step 4. It will return to the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant, click Apply and then click Proceed to commit the task.
Delete EXT4 partition
Sometimes, people want to delete partition for free space. To Delete EXT4 partition, you can use Delete Partition feature.
Step 1. Right click the EXT4 partition that you want to delete and select Delete Partition.
Step 2. It will pop out a window to choose the way to delete the selected partition for “Delete Partition Quickly” or “Delete Partition and prevent data recovery”. Then click OK.
Step 3. Click Apply to save the change.
Move EXT4 partition
Moving partition is a missing function in Windows built-in Disk Management. However, you can easily move a partition with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Step 1. Choose the partition you want to move, right click it and then click Move Partition.
Step 2. Put the mouse on the selected partition and drag it rightward when the mouse becomes a cross crux. Then hit OK to continue after you drag the partition to the very right end.
Step 3. To save the changes, just click Apply on the toolbar.
With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can manage EXT4 partition in Windows 7/8/10 very easily. Besides creating, formatting, copying, delete, move EXT4 partition, it has many other useful features as you can see from the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant. For instance, you can increase the size of EXT4 partition with Extend Partition Wizard. You can make bootable USB drive in case you cannot boot your computer.