Format EXT4 on Windows 10,8,7 with Best EXT4 Format Freeware

Jean posted on Jul 09, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Can Windows Format EXT4?

"I'm trying to format an NTFS drive to EXT4, to use it for Linux. The problem is, I find nowhere to format EXT4 in Windows 10 File Explorer and Windows 10 Disk Management. Can Windows format EXT4 or not?"

No, Windows cannot read EX4 partition nor format a partition to EXT4 format. For Windows, NTFS is the most used file system, also the default one. Besides NTFS, Windows also supports REFS (Now it has been removed from Windows 10 Pro), exFAT and FAT32. For Mac, it doesn't recognize an EXT4 partition as well. Its default file system is APFS, and the other compatible file systems are HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT.

To be able to format EXT4 in Windows, you'll need to download the best free EXT4 format software called EaseUS Partition Master. Read on to learn more.

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 Windows 10 is supported

What's the EXT4 File System? 

The EXT4, or fourth extended file system, is a widely-used journaling file system for the Linux operating system. EXT4 is a deeper improvement over EXT3 & EXT2, including better performance, reliability, security, and new features. 

EXT4 is commonly adopted by large hard drives, but it can also be used on removable disks like USB flash drives, pen drives, and memory cards.

How to Format EXT4 in Windows 10/8/7

As aforementioned, both the Windows computer and Mac are unable to utilize a Linux EXT4 partition. You can find no "EXT4" option during the course of formatting a disk there.

But many times, you'll need to format an EXT4 partition on Windows. For example, you decided to use a Windows hard drive on a Linux computer. And the other common case is that you're dual booting Windows and Linux, you need to access files on your Windows system from the Linux environment. How to format hard drive to EXT4 when the "Format" option is not even available?

Take it easy. Third-party partition manager like EaseUS Partition Master can do you a favor. You can read, create, and format the hard drive partition with the EXT4 file system under its help.

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Best EXT4 Format Freeware - EaseUS Partition Master

No matter it's about formatting a Windows supported NTFS/exFAT/FAT32 to EXT4, or format the Linux EXT4 hard drive to a Windows-compatible file system, EaseUS free partition manager software can easily get the job done. It's developed to manage Windows 10, 8,7, XP, Vista and Windows Server hard drives & partitions in every way, such as adjust a volume size, delete partition, format partition, wipe partition, merge partitions, etc.

What makes it stand out among rivals and native Windows programs is the 100% support for Linux EXT2, EXT3 as well as the default EXT4 file systems. With EaseUS EXT formatting software, you can manage an EXT2/3/4 drive on Windows in these ways:

Yet powerful, using EaseUS EXT4 formatter to format the hard drive is straightforward, with only a few clicks. Only notice that the formatting itself will erase data on the current drive, so make sure that you've copied the important data files to the other drive for a backup. If the hard drive data is huge and the transfer is too slow, use the copy partition function in EaseUS Partition Master to accelerate the data transfer time.

Download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the simple steps to format EXT4 in Windows:

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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Right-click on the target drive and choose "Format".

choose format partition to format hard drive to ext2/ext3/ext4

Step 2: Set the partition file system as EXT2, EXT3, or EXT4.

A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label, and choose a file system. Here you should choose EXT2EXT3, or EXT4. Click "OK".

format hard drive to ext2/ext3/ext4

Step 3: Confirm to format data

Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

confirm to remove data by formatting partition to EXT2/EXT3

Step 4: Execute format to EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 operation

Click "Execute Operation" > "Apply". Now you've successfully formatted an EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 hard drive that can be used on a Linux computer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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