Free to Convert Ext3 to NTFS without Losing Data in Windows 10/8/7 PC

July 2, 2018

Wanna convert Ext3 to NTFS without losing data, but don't know how to achieve that? Relax! This tutorial will bring effective methods to convert Ext3 file system to NTFS without damaging any data in Windows 10/8/7.

Need to convert Ext3 to NTFS without losing data in Windows

"One of my partitions is ext3 which was from a Linux system that contains some media files, I can't even see it in my Windows 10 computer, I want to convert it to NTFS so I can access and use it. How can I convert this partition from Ext3 to NTFS in Windows 10 without destroying the data stored in this partition?"

As we all known, Ext3 is the default file system for Linux system while NTFS is the default file system for Windows system. In Windows, the Ext3 partition cannot be recognized and accessed. So many users have to convert Ext3 to NTFS to make it usable in Windows computer.

Choose a professional Ext3 to NTFS converter

Formatting always means data loss. If you just want to make changes between exFAT, FAT32 and NTFS, all compatible with Windows OS, you can first move important files from the partition you will format to another location, to avoid losing data. But when it comes to converting Ext3 to NTFS without data loss under Windows environment, things will become complicated since Windows cannot recognize such partition and won't allow you to access it, thereby, you cannot move files from it to another drive for data backup, either.

In this case, you need to apply a professional Ext3 to NTFS converter, which can recognize Ext3 partition and enable you to copy partition to another disk to make a backup of everything important. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is such an amazing converter for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista (32-bit and 64-bit). Its "Disk and Partition Copier" can help you copy a specific partition to another disk. And its "Format Partition" function is able to format or convert Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 to NTFS file system in Windows 10/8/7 without any difficulties. Now you can free download it and learn how to convert Ext3 to NTFS without losing data.

Step 1. Install and launch it to get its main interface. Right click the Ext3 partition and choose "Format Partition" from the pop-up menu as shown below.

Format Ext3 Partition

Step 2. Choose "NTFS" file system for this partition and click "OK".

Format Ext3 to NTFS

Step 3. Click "Apply" to finish this file system conversion.


After you finish converting the Ext3 file system into NTFS, now you can move or restore the backups you have made before to the NTFS partition. This great Ext3 to NTFS converter can also help convert Ext4 to NTFS without losing data in Windows.

Other methods to convert Ext3 to NTFS in Windows

Of course, after you have backed up the partition via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard or other data backupper software, you can use Windows built-in tools to format the Ext3 partition to NTFS.

Method 1. Run Windows Explorer

Since Windows OS cannot recognize Ext3 drives, when you insert such a drive to any Windows computer, you will get a mini window saying "You need to format the disk in Drive X: before you can use it" as the picture below. Then you can follow its prompts to format this drive to NTFS.

Format Disk

Step 1. Click "Format disk".

Step 2. Select "NTFS" under File system in the pop-out window and click "OK" to wait until done.

Method 2. Use Disk Management

In the Windows10/8/7 Disk Management, you are not allowed to format Ext3 partition to NTFS directly since the "Format…" option is unclickable. You can only delete the Ext3 partition first of all and then create a new NTFS partition. The detailed instruction is:

Step 1. Open the Disk Management: Right click "My Computer/This PC"> "Manage" >"Storage"> "Disk Management".

Step 2. Right-click the Ext 3 partition and choose "Delete Volume" in the given list to make it an unallocated space.

Delete Volume

Step 3. Right-click the "unallocated" space, choose "New Simple Volume" and follow the New Simple Volume Wizard to create a new volume.

New Volume

Step 4. During the process of creating new volume, you can choose NTFS as its file system.

Disk Management NTFS

Then you will get a NTFS partition.


As for how to convert Ext3 to NTFS without losing data in Windows 10/8/7, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is much better than Windows native disk formatting tools. Besides, it can also format 2TB hard drive to FAT32, which cannot be done via Disk Management, File Explorer or Diskpart. If you  upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can unlock more advanced functions such as clone Windows partition to another MBR/GPT disk, extending system drive partition and securely erasing SSD drives.