By Lily / Last Updated January 7, 2020

Why to copy Ext4 partition?

Ext4 (extended file system version 4) is the file system for Linux. If you have a Windows and Linux dual boot, you can’t access an Ext4 partition from Windows, because Windows doesn’t offer any support for Ext4. You may want to copy/clone Ext4 partition in following situations:

◈ Backup Ext4 partition by cloning it to another drive, and the cloned drive can be used directly without the restoration process.
◈ Move Ext4 partition to another place, such as from HDD to SSD. After the migration process is finished, you can reformat the Ext4 partition as NTFS so it can be used in both Windows and Linux.

Then, how to copy Ext4 partition to another drive easily and securely? You may need reliable partition cloning software.

Best Ext4 partition cloning software for free

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one of the best partition cloning programs. It is free to use and is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. The Partition Clone feature allows you to clone a single partition without losing data. Various file systems are supported in AOMEI Backupper, including NTFS, FAT32, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, etc.

If you need to clone the whole hard drive, you can use the Disk Clone feature. Moreover, the cloning process will run in the background, so your current operations on your computer won’t be interrupted. Just download this freeware and install it on your Windows system to have a try.

How to copy Ext4 partition in Windows step by step?

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper from your Windows system. At the main interface, click Clone and select Partition Clone.

Partition Clone

Step 2. At the next page, select the Ext4 partition as the source partition and click Next.

Select Source Partition

Step 3. Select another drive as the destination partition and click Next. You are able to clone to a local drive or an external drive.

Select Destination Partition

Tips: After you click “Next” here, you will receive a pop-up window which reminds you that after performing the operation, the destination partition will be overwritten or deleted. You may backup files first if there are some important data on this partition.

Step 4. You will go to Operation Summary page. If there is no problem, then click Start Clone to begin the progress.

Start Clone

>> Edit partition: you can choose the partition type (primary partition or logical partition) and drive letter for the destination partition. You can also adjust the partition size. This feature is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher edition.
>> SSD Alignment: use this option to improve the reading and writing speed of the destination partition if it is on an SSD.
>> Sector by sector clone: it will clone every sector on the source partition no matter if it is used or not. It requires the destination partition to be equal to or larger than the source partition.

Conclusion

With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can copy/clone Ext4 partition in Windows without efforts. Actually, it is not only perfect partition cloning software but also amazing backup and restore software. You can use it to create a system image backup, disk backup, partition backup, etc. With the backup image, you can easily restore your computer to the previous state.