4 Ways to Convert EXT4 to NTFS

If you are looking to convert your file system from EXT4 to NTFS, this article might interest you with 4 different hassle free ways to help you with the conversion.

Jun 19, 2020 • Filed to: Partition Solutions • Proven solutions

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The EXT4 and NTFS are two different file systems which are commonly used for storing files on our devices. Each of these file systems provide us with their own set of areas where they can perform better compared to the other so we need to better understand them to choose one for our requirements. This article gives you four different ways to convert EXT4 to NTFS file system on your device be it laptop or hard disc or any other storage device for that matter.

One thing you need to keep in mind before going further is that there is no way to make the conversion without losing the data in the device so it is always a good idea to copy the data before attempting the conversion.

Part 1: EXT4 vs. NTFS

In many ways EXT4 is better when compared to the NTFS (New Technology file system) file system as it is more reliable and diverse. While EXT4 has a 255 byte naming scheme with any characters being allowed such as “?”, NTFS has a 255 character naming scheme which is restricted to characters being used. The most significant issue though is with file fragmentation where there is a loss of data in partition damage when using NTFS which isn’t an issue when using EXT4.

However NTFS provides improvements in performance and reliability. This file system is supported in almost every desktop and server operation systems with an open source NTFS driver called NTFS-3G with both read and write functionality. It also provides a journaling file system using NTFS log to record metadata changes in volume meaning better data recovery in case of system crashes or data movement.


Part 2: How to convert ext4 to NTFS

Below are four easy ways to convert your EXT4 to NTFS file system

1. Format Ext4 to NTFS using File Explorer

Step 1: On the desktop page, double click on “My Computer “or “This PC“.

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Step 2: Right click on the partition to be changed into a different file format (keep in mind to save the data elsewhere to avoid losing it) and click on “Format“.

click format

Step 3: The options you get are EXT4 and NTFS incase the file system is EXT4 by default. Change it to NTFS and click on “start“to start the change.

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2. Convert EXT4 to NTFS with Disk Management

Step 1: Launch Disk Management through “search” option on your windows. Open search, type disk management and click on “create and format hard disk partitions“.

Step 2: Select the partition (For example “Drive E”) and right click to get the “format“option.

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Step 3: Change the format to “NTFS“and click on “ok“to start the changes.

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3. Convert Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 with Diskpart

Step 1: Go to “search“, type diskpart and click on “diskpart.exe“.

Step 2: There are a few commands to be used to select the partition to be converted as shown in the image below.

“List volume” will list the partitions available on your computer

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To select the partition the command prompt to be used is “select volume 4“if needed to select the E drive and so on.

Step 3: The command to be used to start the conversion is “format fs=ntfs quick” and click on enter which will start the conversion on the file system which also shows the progress in percentage.

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4. Convert Ext4 to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7 with AOMEI partition software (third party partition format tool)

Apart from the above mentioned ways to convert your file systems, there are other third party software which make conversions easy for us. One of the best software available is the AOMEI partition software which has a very easy user interface along with a lot more options other than converting your file system from EXT4 to NTFS.

Step 1: Launch the AOMEI partition software

Install the program in case it isn’t on your computer. After installation, launch the program from your desktop.

Step 2: Selecting the partition

All the partitions available in the device are listed here. We simply need to right click on the partition to be converted and click on “Format Partition”.

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Step 3: Convert the file system

Once you click on Format, it gives you a list of file systems it can be changes into. All you have to do is select on “NTFS” and click on “OK” to start the operation.

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One feature this software provides us which we generally don’t get in the regular convert options is that it allows us to convert EXT4 to NTFS file systems or in fact any other file systems is that it allows us to retain our data from the partitions being converted without having to back it up. This saves us from the herculean task of saving all the data to another partition or a hard disk which requires a lot of time or in some cases a little more money to buy the external drives for this sole purpose.


The Bottom Line

Though there are a lot of options to aid us to convert EXT4 to NFTS file systems, we strongly suggest the use of the AMOEI software since it gives you a safer, more reliable option to make the conversion. Not to mention the fact that it also lets you perform a great number operations while making the conversion like resizing, splitting, merging, moving, copying and migrating your partitions without having to loose or backup the data present in them. The most notable feature however is the partition recovery option available which allows us to recover any lost or deleted data.

Theo Lucia

chief Editor

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