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

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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, 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 Windows 10 computer asks them to format the hard drive, but they fail to format the drive. Most of the time, this ambiguity arises due to the error- Windows was unable to complete the format. However, it’s not an unresolvable issue. Well, there exist several reasons for your Windows10 system to screen the error “Cannot format hard drive”. Among those, a few specific causes are listed here along with the solution-

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 an 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 to fix the corrupted hard drive first and then try to format it.

2. Bad blocks on the hard drive

Eventually, during usage, hard drives develop bad sectors. As we know, storage devices like the system hard drive, external hard drive, USB drives, etc. consist of the logical sectors/blocks that are the tiniest units for data storage. Bad sector/block is a damaged unit on the hard drive, which is created due to the bad quality disk, unnecessary/extreme defragmentation, etc. These bad blocks on the disk won't let you 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 Windows 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 the hard drive:

  • Open the Windows Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk /f E (E is the corresponding 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 the write-protection set on the drive before formatting.

Steps to remove write-protection on the hard drive:

  • Go to Windows 10 Start search tab
  • Type diskpart and hit Enter key
  • Type these codes and click on the Enter button after each
  • Opt list disk
  • select disk E (E is drive letter of your hard drive)
  • attributes disk clear read-only
  • Exit the 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.

Most of Windows users think that formatting is the only option left over to access an inaccessible drive when the computer shows hard drive needs to be formatted error. So, they directly go to format the drive and loses the entire data present on it. But, recovering files even after encountered format error, which is not allowing you to format the hard drive is possible through My File Recovery software.

Unformat disk data using the My File Recovery software

My File Recovery is an effective tool, which can even recover files after format operation on the hard drive, portable drive, USB, flash drive, media cards, etc. The advanced scanning module fitted with the tool allows you to get back your inaccessible data from the hard drive in a quick time. The handy interface and outstanding tech guidance offered with the utility lets even novice users can easily accomplish data recovery task effortlessly. Not just restoring files from the unformatted hard drive, even if you are thinking how to find lost files on Windows 10 then also the software helps you. And, you can doubtlessly use this tool on all editions of Windows apart from OS version 10. So, let's recover your data from the hard drive first and then format it.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, 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: Open the My File Recovery tool on a healthy Windows system and connect the Windows 10 drive as an external drive.

Step 2: Opt Recover Files from the provided options on the main screen.

Step 3: Locate the formatted drive for scanning and click on the Scan button.

Recover Deleted Files - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 4: Let the software completely scan the selected HD drive.

Scanning for Deleted Files

Figure 2: Scanning for files

Step 5: Files restored upon unformatting the Windows 10 disk will be displayed on the preview screen.

Recovery Results

Figure 3: Recovery results

Step 6: Right-click on the file item to preview and mark the required files/folders for saving.

Preview Window

Figure 4: Preview Window

Step 7: Set a suitable destination folder location to save the data from the formatted Windows 10 drive. Then hit on the Save button.

Saving Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Windows 2008

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