Create EXT2/EXT3 Based Linux Partition from Windows

Daisy updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Linux operating system is fading away from our sight. Still, many people are holding to it due to work or personal interest. To make the internal hard drive or other external removable drives being recognized by the Linux operating system, they have to come with EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 and Linux Swap file system. Do you know how to create Linux partitions from Windows operating system?

There are two ways to create EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 based Linux partitions on a Windows machine. First, boot computer using a Linux based live CD and create partitions from there; second, use a third-party Linux partition manager to format a disk, USB flash drive or memory card with the EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 file system.

How to Create EXT2/EXT3 Linux Partitions in Windows

As you can tell that formatting a drive into the file system that Linux requires is much easier than creating one from the CD. So, what's the most recommended EXT2/EXT3 format tool that runs on Windows? There's plenty of free partition software that offers "format partition" feature, such as Paragon Partition Manager. However, it does not support the creation of Linux based file systems, neither do many others. Luckily, among all the Linux based file systems (EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/Swap), EaseUS Partition Master supports formatting hard drive into the former two file systems: EXT2 & EXT3.

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 Windows 10 is supported

To create EXT2/EXT3 hard drive or format FAT32/NTFS hard drive, USB flash drive & memory card to EXT2/EXT3 with EaseUS Partition Master, follow the guide below:


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

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