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

Hmm, I haven't tried this, but Cygwin has mke2fs in the e2fsprogs package. Take a look at:

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/

  • 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 :) Aug 12 '14 at 10:05
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    @David: Welcome to the world of using Unix things on Windows, or Windows things on Unix, or any other cross-ecosystem things :)
    – RomanSt
    Nov 2 '14 at 2:18
  • @David have a look at chocolatey.org, then it's just cinst cygwin away before you can utilize all it's filesystem types 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 - http://www.partitionwizard.com


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.

  • The HP thing does not format ext4, it only formats NTFS and FAT.
    – Synetech
    Jul 26 at 18:34

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