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Fix 'Unable to Format Disk Partition with Windows Cannot Find the File Specified' Error in Windows

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Are you having trouble to format your hard drive partition or an external storage device like USB, SD, etc. with an error message, telling that Windows cannot find the file specified? Relax if you are unable to format a hard disk partition or external hard drive. This tutorial article will help you fix ‘unable to format disk partition with Windows cannot find the file specified’ error by a few simple clicks.

Can’t format disk partition with 'Windows cannot find the file specified' error

"Hey, do you know how to format a disk or partition when Windows tell you that it was unable to complete the format or the system cannot find the file specified? I’m having such a problem that my computer won’t allow me to format a hard drive partition or an external USB flash drive.
And the system keeps telling me that it cannot find the file specified. So does anyone know how to fix this issue and complete the formatting process?
"

If you are having a similar problem as shown below that the computer doesn’t allow you to format a disk, partition or an external storage device with ‘system cannot find the file specified’ error, don’t worry. 

System cannot find the file specified.

Reliable methods are available to help, and you can follow to remove this error from your PC so to format your devices back to work again. 

Quick fix ‘unable to format disk partition’ error with free partition manager software

When you are unable to complete the format process on your computer, you can refer to professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master for help.

And the free version - EaseUS Partition Master Free allows you to directly format devices that you may not be able to format with Windows Explorer or Disk Management tool. Download and install this free partition manager software on your Windows PC and apply it to fix ‘unable to format’ issue on your disk partition and storage devices now:

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 Windows 10 is supported

1. Connect the external storage device to your PC and launch EaseUS Partition Master Free on Windows PC.
2. Right-click hard drive/USB/SD card which you were unable to format and select Format partition.

Format disk that cannot be formatted by Windows computer.

Here you need to reset file system - NTFS/label name and size etc. for you hard drive/USB/SD card.

Reset file system to format 'unable to be formatted disk partition'

3. Then click OK and Apply to keep all changes.

All you need is to wait for the process to complete and then you’ll get a newly formatted hard drive partition or USB for saving data again. 

Manually Fix ‘Can’t format disk partition’ error when System cannot find the file specified

If you prefer a manual way to fix ‘can’t format disk partition’ error when the system cannot find the file specified than downloading and applying a third-party software for help. You can just follow tips in the below to remove this issue from your PC and format your disk partition now:

Step 1. Check and remove errors on disk partition

1. Right-click Windows icon and select Run, and type: cmd, hit Enter to bring up cmd.exe.
2. Do remember to sign in as administrator account and then type: chkdsk D: /f /r and hit enter.
3. Wait for the process to complete and enter Command Prompt again, type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

Fix can't format disk partition error when system cannot find the file specified.

Wait for the process to complete and then the existing errors or problems on your disk partition will be removed.

Step 2. Uninstall and reinstall device drivers of disk partition 

1. Go to Device Manager, expand the category and locate the device that you are unable to format.
2. Right-click on the device and select Uninstall, check the box next to ‘Delete the driver software for this device’ and click OK.
3. After this, reboot your PC and the uninstalled drive driver will be automatically installed again.

Step 3. Format disk partition from ‘system cannot find the file specified’ error

After Step 1 and Step 2, it’s time to format your disk partition or external storage devices without meeting ‘system cannot find the file specified’ error anymore:

1. Open Windows Explorer and locate the disk partition or external storage device like USB etc that you’d like to format.
2. Right-click on the drive or device and select Format.
3. Reset the file system to NTFS and click Start
4. Click OK when the format process complete.