Unable to Format Hard Drive on Windows 10, What Next?

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008



Many of Windows 10 users have experienced a puzzling situation, where their W10 computer asks them to format the hard drive, but they fail to format the drive. Most of the times this ambiguity arises due to the error Windows was unable to complete the format.

Obviously, you might have wondered why am I unable to format my hard drive? But, it’s not an unsolvable issue. Well, there exists several reasons for your Windows10 system to screen the error “cannot format hard drive”. Among those, few specific causes are listed here along with the solution.

Common reasons for unable to format the hard drive error on Windows 10:

1. Hard Drive Corruption

If your Windows 10 hard drive is corrupted, then it doesn’t allow you to format it. Usually, hard drive gets corrupt due to abrupt power surge, junk created from previously installed security applications, frequently adding/removing programs, virus intrusion, corrupt files stored on the drive, excessive Read/Write operations etc. Hence, you need fix the corrupted hard drive first and then try to format it.

2. Bad blocks on hard drive

Usually, hard drives have bad sectors. As we know, storage devices like internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB etc. consist of logical sectors/blocks that are the tiniest units for data storage. Bad sector/block means a damaged unit on the hard drive, which is created due to bad quality disk, unnecessary/extreme defragmentation etc. On these bad blocks, your system can’t read, write and process any data. Thus, bad blocks interrupt the formatting process on your Windows10 computer. You can fix the corrupted hard drive as well as bad sectors present on it by running Window 10 CHKDSK. So, try CHKDSK and then format your hard drive.

Note: Don’t forget to scan your entire hard drive via an efficient Antivirus tool, if your system is not protected against malware.

Steps to run CHKDSK on hard drive:

  • Open Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk /f E (E is letter of your hard drive)

3. Permission issues

Typically, Windows 10 or any other edition of Windows system can't format a hard drive if it is write-protected or if you have set any usage rights on the disk. If your hard Disk Is Write Protected, then you cannot format it since formatting is a sort of write operation. So, you must eliminate write-protection set on the drive before formatting.

Steps to remove write protection on hard drive:

  • Go to Windows 10 Start search tab
  • Type diskpart and hit Enter key
  • Type these codes and click on Enter button after each
  • list disk
  • select disk E (E is drive letter of your hard drive)
  • attributes disk clear readonly
  • Leave Command Prompt

Above troubleshooting methods fixes your hard drive issues and you can format your drive using below method.

Steps to format hard drive in Windows 10:

  • Launch Windows 10 Finder
  • Right-click on This PC
  • Go to Manage
  • Select Disk Management
  • Right-click on the hard drive
  • Opt Format, then OK
  • Select Perform a quick format checkbox
  • Hit OK button

But, if you are trying to format the drive only because of the Windows error format hard drive then hold a minute.

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So, let's recover your data from the hard drive first and then format it.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Steps to recover files from hard drive after format issue:

Step 1: Install MY File Recovery tool on your system (not on affected drive),launch it and select Recover Files option.

How to Find Lost Files in Windows 10 - Main Screen

Step 2: Pick the hard drive from which you want to recover files and proceed.

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