By Emily / Last Updated August 13, 2020

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"I have a media player that I plan to use a USB stick with. The recommended file format is Ext2, but the problem is that I am using Windows 10 PC. So how can I format USB to Ext2 from Windows computer? Is there any tool that runs on Windows and will allow me to format a USB stick as Ext2? Thanks a lot!"

Freeware to format USB drive to Ext2 on Windows 10, 8, 7

For the common disk formatting tasks, like formatting hard drive to NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT, you can easily finish them via Windows Disk Management, File Explorer or DiskPart. But when it comes to formatting hard drive to Ex2/3/4, the things will become quite complicated since they are Linux default file systems. And Windows cannot recognize Ext2/3/4 and won't provide such file system options, either.

Therefore, to format hard drive to Linux file system on Windows computer, the traditional way is to boot your computer using a Linux based live CD and create Ext2/3/4 partitions from there. Sounds troublesome and time-consuming, right? Luckily, there is a free partition manager called AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard that can help format drive to Ext2, Ext3 or Ext4 on all editions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista.

3 Steps to format USB drive to Ext2 on Windows PC

Right now, you can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, then install it on your Windows computer. To format USB to Ext2 from Windows 10/8/7, do as follow:

Warning: Formatting process will destroy all contents stored on your USB drive, so you had better back up everything necessary in advance via free backup software.

Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to access its main interface, right click the USB drive and choose "Format Partition".

Format Partition

Step 2. In the subsequent window, choose Ext2 from the given file systems and click "Next".

Format Partition to Ext2

Note: if you want to format USB to Ext4, just choose it from the options.

Step 3. Back to the main interface, click "Apply" and then "Proceed" to commit the pending operation.


When it completes, the USB drive will be formatted to be Ext2 on Windows successfully. But Ext2 cannot be recognized by Windows operating system, so you cannot see this USB drive and access it in Windows File Explorer.


So when you cannot format USB to Ext2/3/4 from Windows computer using its native formatting utilities, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can do you a great favor. Besides formatting USB drive to Ext2/3/4, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can also help format write protected disk, format RAW or corrupted drive, format 2TB hard drive to FAT32, etc.

If you upgrade to Professional edition, you can enjoy other more amazing functions including securely erasing SSD drive, converting dynamic disk to basic or basic to dynamic without losing data, migrating OS to SSD/HDD and more.