Windows was Unable to Complete the Format –USB Drive

Unknown | Monday, November 02, 2009 | 49 comments

When you tried to format your USB drive, you may get  an error “Windows was unable to complete the format .”



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To format your USB drive try the following methods


Method 1

  • Open cmd.
  • Start>Run>cmd and format your USB drive. or win-key+R.
    for ex: If your USB drive  letter is J  
    C:\>format J:/q  Press Enter Key

  Method 2

  • Insert one of the drives
  • click start > control panel > Administrative tools(you need to be in classic mode) > Computer Management 
  • Or Click Start > Run and type diskmgmt.msc in the Open: line and click OK.

    The Disk Management snap-in will open.

  • Under the Storage section, choose Disk Management
    You should see your USB drive listed here. It may not have a drive letter assigned.
  • Right click your USB drive and select Format

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  • Make sure the settings you want are selected, then click OK

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  • Close all windows, and select the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the system tray . Select your drive ,remove the drive for 30 seconds, then insert the drive again.


    Method 3


    USB Disk Storage Format Tool lets you format any USB stick with the desired file system.USB Disk Storage Format Tool views the USB stick like a normal disk drive and then formats the USB stick with the desired file system (FAT, FAT32, NTFS). With NTFS you can also squeeze out more storage, if you turn on the available data compression.


     108   USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.2.3 | Freeware | 36.7KB



    Method 4


    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool will format any USB flash drive, with your choice of FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition types.




  • Allows creation of a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB.
  • Fixes installation issue where installation process stopped after the earlier version of software was uninstalled and the new software was not automatically installed. The installation process now restarts automatically to install the new software after uninstalling the older version.



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    All drives connected through the USB port of the computer is recognized and can be formatted using this software.This  Tool works with a wide variety of USB devices including many not manufactured by HP making it more or less an universal software tool to format an USB device.With this tool you can also create  a bootable USB Disk


    108   HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.1.8  | Freeware | 1.59MB

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    1. plz tell me a password this link

    2. Its coming failed to format the device

    3. failed to format the device ... anyone who know more about this ... i think it's a read-only problem and a Bullshit.

    4. thank you so much sir, you save me from my bf's anger..hahaha..

      thanks for your help, i will surely apply this post of yours every time I will rcounter the same problem.. thank you so much.. i love u and god bless.. :)

    5. Thank you very much.My 8GB pendrive got new life after 1 month.

    6. the device is right protected
      the msg is comg...plzzz help.wat to do now?

    7. Thank you so much for giving this tools name ..............

    8. thanks boss
      I was trying to take an ISO image of a bootable CD and make a bootable USB flash drive from it...but there was a power failure during format... and this tool HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v2.1.8 helped to get my usb back

    9. Still not the format Did not complete Successfully

      please advice

    10. tnx a lot my main man u rock!!!!!
      saved a 64gb drive!!!

      best post EVER.

    11. i love you man
      thank you saving my ass from my dad
      i just save my 8 gb card

    12. First method gave me the blue screen of death, and the second method just didn't work. And I am still irate... Thanks anyway.

    13. buy a new one.. my friends:) thank you so much.. :)
      coz i can't format mine.. coz i'm not techie, huhuhuhu... :'( gosh.....

    14. USB Disk Storage Format tool says "The Disk Is Write Protected" Please help me out
      Thanks in Advance

    15. nothing is working.....

      i think i need spoon feeding..

    16. thanks :) My 8gb pen-drive was unable to format after creating openSUSE startup disk (I did as instructed in their official site). This tiny tool helped me.

    17. only 3rd method work for me

    18. none work. always fails to format.

    19. non worked, thanks anyway

    20. Thanx for ur help sir..

    21. thnks
      accendently i formated my usb during operating system intallation.
      method 3 is working.

    22. None of the methods worked for me, I still get the write protection thing. What a waste of time. Fuck this website and whoever wrote this piece of crap article.

    23. Hey,

      I tried the Disk Management tool and that worked for me. Thanks for this, rock on :)

    24. none of these works for me

    25. nothing works...

    26. C:\>format J:/q
      did it for me. THANK YOU!

    27. after using method 2,i had ''Please insert a disk into drive G:'' this problem,any solution?

    28. It Comes the drive is write protected while i am formatting with HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8

    29. I think that the drive lacks the basic partition in it. It is functional though the partitions are not there so all that it needs is to be partitioned.

      GO and google EaseUS Partition Master 9.1 and download it. Then install it to your computer and create the basic partition for the flash disk using the partition format of wwither FAT or FAT32.

      VIOLA all is done.

      To all the linux users do install gparted and the installation commands are offered below

      Debian gparted
      sudo apt-get install gparted

      Fedora gparted
      su -c "yum install gparted"

      Ubuntu Download for Ubuntu button
      sudo apt-get install gparted

      I hope that it will help someone.

      Thank you

    30. Hasitha ( 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Due to some physical damages some pen drives will not be able to format.

    31. it gives me this error

      "there is no media in the specified device"

      I tried cmd
      I tried disk management (it doesn't show there)

      I tried everything..I can't format or open it

      they ask me to format and wont format it

    32. Method 3 works !! thanks

    33. Tried the EaseUS, doesn't work either. Stays unallocated. Gives an error message with some spelling errors:

      "There are some error occured while writing partition chains on disk."

    34. it said

      "Device media is write-protected"

      how to fix it?

    35. 1. Open Start Menu -> Run, type regedit and press Enter

      2. Navigate to the following path:

      Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies key does not exist, you will need to create it

      3. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button .

      4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer. That is it, done.

    36. Thanks a lot God bless you all

    37. sir..

      my usb showing file system type = raw..

      and while formating it shows file system = exfat?

      and suggest something wht to do

    38. A RAW filesystem simply means that it is a filesystem that is not recognized by Windows. Therefore all the available filesystem drivers are unable to mount the filesystem as a drive. This often happens when the records determining the filesystem type or location on the disk are damaged or corrupted, usually the partition table or the boot sector.
      Since Windows sees no filesystem in the partition, it prompts you to format it in order to create a filesystem on it. DO NOT FORMAT IT.

      The most common cause of external hard drives suddenly becoming RAW drives is if they are disconnected from a computer without using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option. This can happen in many ways such as a power failure, unplugging the drive from the USB port or from its AC adapter, a problem with the computer that causes it to temporarily disconnect the USB hubs and many more circumstances can lead to this occurring

      iCare Data Recovery software can help you recover files from raw file system .

      Visit this link

      Serial key for Icare Data Recovery Softwarev4.5.3 versiion:Name: Serial: CQBPDUO9BA7BH4IJFUVXDC6F24JJ68DX

    39. very well explained.........The method given here also worked perfectly for me-