Two Ways to Fix “Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format” Error

Posted by Britt Duncan - November 27, 2014

There are times when you try to wipe out a virus incubating on a Flash drive, an error message shows up, stating “Windows was unable to complete the format”. This is rather frustrating experience. This post shares two quick ways to fix this issue with step-by-step guide


Method one:

1. Right click on This PC and select Manage from the drop-down list.


2. The Computer Management utility will show up. Click Storage -> Disk Management at the left list. After that, you should be able to find the flash drive needed to format in the right panel. Right click on it and select New Simple Volume.

3. Subsequently, the New Simple Volume Wizard will appear. Tick the option before Perform a quick format which requires much less time. And for the purpose of easy recognition, you can assign a specific name to it. Click Next.


4. After going through the wizard with instructions, click Finish.


Then, you can notice that the drive have been wiped out cleanly.


Method two:

1. Open up Command Prompt with Administrator right. In Windows 8, you can do that by clicking Win + X together and select proper option from the list.


2. Type diskpart and hit Enter. After that, Diskpart will open up, type list disk  and tap Enter again. This will instruct the PC to list all disks on the computer.



3. From the displayed list, find your drive and type select disk + disk number (e.g. disk 2, depend on your situation).

4. After that, type clean and hit Enter. Next, enter create partition primary and tap Enter again.



5. Once seeing Diskpart successfully formatted the volume, type format fs=fat32 quick and assign next. After receiving the message of success, enter exit to complete the whole procedure.



Go back to desktop check the drive, you will see it’s empty and ready to use.

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