How to Fix Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format Error on Windows 10?


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

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Sometimes when you connect the USB drive to your system, you may see that drive not being recognized on Windows 10 system, the drive appears without showing free memory as well as total memory. When tried to format that drive, it shows error messages like- “Windows was unable to complete the format”, "Windows 10 error" or "Windows could not format the drive".

If you also facing a similar sort of problem with your external storage device such as USB drive, memory card, external hard drive then keeps reading. In this article, you will get to know how to recover data from the external storage device after such an error message.

This error might encounter due to the following reasons-

  • Disk is write-protected
  • Virus infection
  • Presence of bad sectors on storage devices
  • USB file system corruption
  • Corruptions, damages, and other errors

Tips to fix Windows was unable to complete the format Windows 10

Remember!!

The below-mentioned methods remove all the data which are saved on the storage drive. If you have some vital files on it then you can try My File Recovery software before trying this to recover data from external storage devices. For more details, you can visit this link: http://www.myfilerecovery.net

Method #1: Format The Drive Using Disk Management

  • Right-click on “My Computer”
  • Select “Manage”
  • Hit on “Disk management”
  • Select the USB drive or external storage device
  • Now, right-click on “Format” option

Method #2: Format The Drive Using Windows Command Prompt

  • Open and run command Window by typing cmd
  • Select disk drive that you wish to format
  • Create partition primary and type “format f:/fs:fat” (f is disk letter)

Upon checking out the above-mentioned methods, the issue needs to be solved. Well, if you are looking for the solution that can get back the files from the drive showing format error, then go with the next method.

Method #3: Using a file recovery software

You just need to install the free version of the My File Recovery software to regain data from an external storage device that is unable to format. The built-in advanced scanning algorithm scans the entire drive and extracts all types of data. It also supports the recovery of files such as pictures, videos, audio, documents, etc. with ease.

This software also performs data restoration from system drives, external HDD, USB drive, memory stick, SSD, and others. This program is also available in a demo version, it also lets you preview the recovered file items after applying a deep scan. It is also compatible to run on all versions of Windows-based operating system such as Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, etc.

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

Requirements: Mac OS X High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Mountain Lion, and Lion

Steps to Fix Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format Windows 10

Step 1: Launch the My File Recovery software and connect the external storage drive showing format error.

Step 2: Open main screen and click on "Recover Files" option.

Step 3: Mention the external drive for scanning and press on the Scan icon.

Recover Deleted Files from Samsung - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 4: The software starts scanning the external drive for files and folders saved in it.

Scanning for Deleted Files

Figure 2: Scanning for files

Step 5: Recovery results get displayed on a new screen. Confirm the regained files using Data View or File Type View.

Recovery Results

Figure 3: Recovery results

Step 6: You can preview any of the individual files from the list.

Preview Window

Figure 4: Preview Window

Step 7: Set a destination folder to save the recovered files and click 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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