How to fix the Problem of "WINDOWS WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE FORMAT"

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Hii, I am Trying to Format the Pendrive, but it shows the error of "WINDOWS WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE FORMAT".

I searched on Google and Find 4-5 Solution, But any method not worked. I try this method
https://hitechdroid.com/fixed-windows-was-unable-to-complete-the-format-problem/ Specially that i found on google search.

I Made the Pendrive Write Protected Before By Mistake, But, I removed the Write Protection But the Format is not Complete. Also If I delete the Files Manually then Remove the Pendrive and Insert 2nd time then the files is redo and there.

What can i Do?

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Aug 17, 2021 at 04:07 AM
Hello, try this:
  • Right Click My Computer Choose Manage
  • Then at Computer Management choose Disk Management
  • At Disk2 Right Click at your "Protect Removable Disk" ex: "Removable Disk (F:)"
  • Choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths for ....."
  • Simple Click "REMOVE", then Click "ADD", simple....
  • Try to Format yours then Try to Copy another files


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Aug 17, 2021 at 04:08 AM
Hi,

There are several methods available to resolve the drive unformat issue. Below check out these methods.

Method 1: Try the hard drive on another PC and fix the device drivers

1. Right-click on the Start icon and select Device Manager.

2. Find your external hard drive, right-click on it and select Uninstall. Safely disconnect the drive when it’s done.

3. Restart your computer and connect to the hard drive. The drivers will start installing automatically in most cases.

If the drive is also shown unformatted on another PC, then move to Method 2.

Method 2: Check the hard drive for errors with Windows built-in tool

1. Open This PC/Computer, find the external hard drive, and right-click on it. Select Properties from the expanded menu.

2. Click on the Tools tab and under Error-checking, click on the Check button.

3. If the system detects that there are errors, you will be asked to check the disk. If no errors are found, you will see a message – You don’t need to scan this drive. You can, nevertheless, choose to check the drive by clicking on Scan drive.

4. Wait for the scanning process to be finished. On completion, Windows will display a message. If no errors are found, it will say so. If errors are found, you will get this message: Restart your computer to repair the file system. You can restart right away or schedule the error fixing on the next restart. Choose to restart immediately or not.

If the external hard drive unformatted error is still unsolved, please go to Method 3.

Method 3: Download Bitraser File Eraser Software

Download File eraser software on your system and erase the files from that drive permanently. This is one of the best methods that you can try to erase everything from the drive.
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Updated on Jan 28, 2022 at 04:05 AM
Method to solve the error

Step 1 - Check if write-protection is enabled

Step 2 - Use Disk Management
- First, connect the storage device to be formatted to your computer
- Right click on the Start button and select Disk Management
- In the Disk Management window, select the storage device you want to format and right click on it
- Select Format to open a Format window
- Double check all the options provided in the Format window and confirm to format the drive

Step 3 - Utilize Command Prompt
- Connect the storage device that you want to format to your computer
- In the ‘Start’ search bar, type ‘cmd’
- Select ‘Run As Administrator’ to open the command prompt
- Type ‘diskpart’ to open diskpart
- Type ‘list disk’ to list all the available drives. (Make a note of the # associated with the SD/USB/hard drive you want to format)
- Type ‘select disk #’ (Replace # by the number noted in the step above)
- Type ‘clean’ (this will clear all contents of the drive)
- Type ‘create partition primary’ (this will make the drive accessible)
- Type ‘format fs=ntfs’ (this will format the drive with NTFS file system)
- Type ‘assign letter = E’ (Replace ‘E’ with a drive letter of your choice)

Step 4 - Format in Safe Mode
- Click on the Start menu > Settings
- Select Update & Security > Recovery
- Go to Advanced Startup > Restart Now
- Now PC will restart to open ‘Choose an option’ screen, click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart
- Once your PC restarts, click ‘4’ or ‘F4’ to start your computer in Safe Mode

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Peter
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