Windows Ext4 Partition Overview

Windows Ext4 partition overview

As we all know, Ext4 is the default file system of Linux system, and NTFS is the default file system of Windows. If you have dual boot of Windows and Linux on your computer's hard disk, you will find that Windows cannot recognize the Ext4 file system, and you will not be able to access any files on the Ext4 partition under the Windows environment.

Linux has built-in support for Windows NTFS partitions, but Windows cannot read Linux partitions without third-party software. Therefore, you cannot perform some basic operations in Windows, such as creating, formatting, and copying Ext4 partitions through its native tools (such as Disk Management or DiskPart). Fortunately, here we will share it with a free but powerful Windows Ext4 partition manager to help you.

Free software to manage Ext4 partitions in Windows 7/8/10

For It is convenient to manage Linux Ext4, Ext3 or Ext2 partitions under Windows environment. AOMEI Partition Assistant standard free software is a good choice. This partition manager is specially designed for Windows 10, 8, 7 and Windows XP/Vista, but it can also recognize Linux file systems, including Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, and allows you to create, format and clone Ext partitions on the system. Windows operation. Next, we will demonstrate these operations one by one.

1. Create An Ext4 partition under Windows

Using the "Create Partition" function, you can create Ext4 / Ext3 / Ext2 partitions in the unallocated space. If there is no unallocated space, you can delete or shrink another partition to have one.

Step 1. Right-click the unallocated space and select "Create Partition".

Step 2. In the next window, you can set the partition Size, drive letter and select Ex4 file system for the new partition.

The third step. Click "Apply" to confirm the pending operation.

2. Format Ext4 partition in Windows

Sometimes, you need to format NTFS or FAT32 partitions as Ext4 for dual boot, or format Ext4 as NTFS or FAT32 file system to make it usable on Windows . Regardless of the purpose, you can use the "format partition" function to achieve. Here, we take how to format NTFS to Ext4 as an example.

Steps 1. Right-click on the NTFS partition and select "Format Partition".

Step 2. Select Ext4 from the file system menu, and click OK.

Step 3. Click "Apply" and "Continue" To confirm the pending operation.

3. Clone Ext4 partition in Windows

If you want to make a complete copy of the current Ext4 partition or transfer the Linux operating system to another location, you can also use free software to clone the Ext4 partition in Windows 10, 8, 7 .

Steps 1. Right-click the Ext4 partition and select "Clone Partition".

Step 2. ere, select the method "Clone Sector by Sector "Clone all sectors of the partition.

(? PS: You cannot choose "Quick Clone Disk" to clone only used sectors, because Windows cannot recognize Linux partitions.)

The third step. Choose an unallocated space to save a copy of the Ext4 partition, and click Next.

The fourth step, here you can set clone Ext4 partition , Drive letter or keep the default value. Click "Finish".

Step 5, click "Apply" to confirm the pending operate.

The above content mainly introduces how to create, format or clone Ext4 partition in Windows. What if you just accidentally deleted the Ext4 partition and want to get it back? Don't worry, if you upgrade Standard to Professional, you can definitely recover deleted partitions easily, including Ext4/3/2 partitions in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Step 1. Start AOMEI Partition Wizard software and click "Partition Recovery Wizard".

Step 2. In this window, select Delete before including Ext4 partition and click "Next".

Step 3. There are two search methods to choose from Which one do you choose. Usually a "quick search" is sufficient to find the deleted Ext4 partition.

Step 4. Select the Ext4 partition to be restored and click " continue".

Step 5. Wait for the process to complete. When the message that the partition has been successfully restored appears, click Finish.


So using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, you can easily manage Ext4 partitions on Windows 10, 8, and 7 for free. In addition, it is more powerful in managing Windows disk partitions, such as transferring the operating system to SSD, merging partitions, making bootable media, converting MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, etc. If you want to manage server and Windows disk partitions at the same time, you can use AOMEI's partition wizard server instead.

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