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 original Ext4 partition as NTFS so it can be used in both Windows and Linux.
Then, how to copy Ext4 partition to another drive effeciently? 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, 11.
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 which includes an Ext4 partition, you can use the Disk Clone feature. You are also allowed to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD or clone NVMe SSD to another NVMe SSD and so on.
The cloning process will run in the background, so your current operations on the PC 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 Windows system. Then click Clone and select Partition Clone.
Step 2. At the next page, select the Ext4 partition as the source partition and click Next.
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.
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.
>> Edit partition: you can adjust the size and drive letter of the target partition, or choose to create it as primary partition or logical partition. This feature is available in Professional and higher editions.
>> SSD Alignment: 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 whether it is used or not. It requires the destination partition to be equal to or larger than the source partition.
Backup Ext4 partition to an image file
If you want to create an image file for Ext4 partition, AOMEI Backupper can also give you a hand. Just click Backup > Partition Backup and follow the on-screen instructions to finish it.
With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can copy/clone Ext4 partition in Windows 11/10/8/7 without efforts. Actually, it is not only perfect partition cloning software but also amazing backup and restore software. You can use it to create system image, disk image, and partition/volume image, etc. With the backup image at hand, you can easily restore your computer system and data to the previous state. Go for AOMEI Backupper right now!