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I'm trying to create an ext4 file system on an external drive. The partition manager I usually use, EASEUS Partition Master, doesn't support ext4. What are some free alternatives?

Edit: It turns out MiniTools Partition Wizard supports ext4.

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Boot a livecd, in a VM, and yadda, yadda, yadda, and Bob's your uncle. – Zoredache May 15 '12 at 17:16
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Hmm, I haven't tried this, but Cygwin has mke2fs in the e2fsprogs package. Take a look at: and the caveat about special device names the Answer mentions:

Cygwin is over at:

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Thank you! I have cygwin installed, I'll check this out! – John2496 May 15 '12 at 17:18
wow, does this REALLY have to be more complicated than a simple utility allowing you to choose your drive and format it with a few clicks of effort? damn I'm lazy... – David Dec 3 '13 at 21:28
@David: Welcome to the world of power-user tasks on Windows :) – Mark K Cowan Aug 12 '14 at 10:05
@David: Welcome to the world of using Unix things on Windows, or Windows things on Unix, or any other cross-ecosystem things :) – romkyns Nov 2 '14 at 2:18
@David have a look at, then it's just cinst cygwin away before you can utilize all it's filesystem types – Filip Dupanović Nov 27 '14 at 17:15

MiniTool partition wizard is a free (for home use) partition manager that can format a partition as EXT2/3/4 from windows -

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I believe HP USB Disk storage format tools might help you out ( Also checkout Hiren (, I know they have a couple of formatting tools.

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