Windows Unable To Complete The Format [Solved Tutorial]

windows unable to complete the format

Yesterday,i was just formatting my friends USB drive,then i got this error message  “Windows Unable To Complete The Format”.I tried everything to format it completely but all in vain.

After some research on Google about it,i come to know the current file system of the USB is Fat [File Allocation Table] – Fat is a file system discovered many years back and still it’s used in storage devices as the preferred file system.And one thing i also got to learn that first i have to format it using other file system and then again have to format it using FAT.

windows unable to complete the format

But,how can i convert it to NTFS or format using NTFS.I tried many softwares to do the same but didn’t get success because first i have to make NTFS file system as the default file system in it.And then have to format it using NTFS.

At last i got an easy solution for it and format it easily.So,today i will share how to solve the Windows Unable To Complete The Format error.

Solution Of “Windows Unable To Complete The Format”

In Window 7.

Step 1. Insert your USB drive to any port and right-click on My Computer and then Properties.

Step 2. A new window will appear with your PC details.Just click on Device Manager at left side (Top Link).

Step 3. In this new window click on Disk Drives and right-click on your USB drive and select properties.

Step 4. In this window click on the Policies tab next after the General and select the Better Performance there and hit OK.

That’s it,now your USB drive’s file system is NTFS.Just format it now with NTFS file system first and again with FAT.It will be successfully format for sure 🙂

In Window XP

Step 1.Just right click on My Computer then Properties.

Step 2. Click on the hardware tab and then Device Manager [Top].Now follow the  Step 3 and Step 4 as above mention.

Hope you solved the  Windows Unable To Complete The Format error with my guide and successfully formatted your USB Drive.If problem still persists ,you can comment below with your problem  and you can contact me for any PC related queries.

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2 Comments

  • Reply March 24, 2013

    Muhammad Junaid Sial

    Thanks man but it still doesnot format in FAT 32 after successfully formating in NTFS

  • Reply May 13, 2013

    Gaitano

    It still did not work even with NTFS. I still got the same message “Windows was unable to complete the format”

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