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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:

http://superuser.com/questions/314997/how-to-format-ext2-in-windows-xp and the caveat about special device names the Answer mentions: http://www.cygwin.com/cygwin-ug-net/using-specialnames.html

Cygwin is over at: http://www.cygwin.com/

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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
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I believe HP USB Disk storage format tools might help you out (http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197). Also checkout Hiren (http://www.hiren.info/), I know they have a couple of formatting tools.

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MiniTool partition wizard is a free (for home use) partition manager that can format a partition as EXT2/3/4 from windows - http://www.partitionwizard.com

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