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Quick Fix for Diskpart Format Stuck at 0 Percent Completed

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Diskpart format stuck at 0, 10...90, 100? This page explains why using cmd 'format fs=ntfs' or 'format fs=fat32' taking a long time but still 0 percent completed and give the practical solution to the problem.

Error Details

"I'm trying to use the command prompt to format an external hard drive which is a WD My Passport which I bought a year ago. When coming to the stage DISKPART> format fs=ntfs, it shows 0 percent completed after taking a long time. What's going on there?"

Through command prompt, Windows users can easily manage their different types of storage devices with diskpart commands, such as creating, deleting, cleaning or formatting partition. Instead of giving an instruction about how to perform diskpart utility, here in this page, we're about to assist users to tackle the problem of diskpart unable to complete the format - hours and hours later, it's still 0% completed.

diskpart format fs=ntfs stuck at 0 percent completed


As the screenshot shows, there is no difficulty in cleaning the disk as well as creating the specified partition. However, when it comes to formatting the disk to NTFS, FAT, FAT16, FAT32, or more, the command may not succeed.

That's mainly because the hard drive you're formatting has developed bad sectors. The more bad sectors there are, the greater the chance that the hard drive is about to corrupt, be damaged and broken down in the end.


Once diskpart failed to format the selected partition and won't proceed after reaching 0 percent, there are 2 procedures to check and repair it, but only with an essential tool called EaseUS Partition Master.

It's a free partition manager that can be easily applied in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. When diskpart format stuck and cannot perform its task, simply download the recommended diskpart alternative software. First, check the health of your hard drive, then try to format it in a simple way.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Procedure 1. Check disk errors and repair

It's easy and quick to check disk errors in Windows with EaseUS Partition Master software.


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Procedure 2. Format a hard drive partition

This piece of partition magic software is selected as the best corrupted hard drive formatting software, which can be used to format corrupted micro SD card, USB flash drive, pen drive, external HDD and more. So, when diskpart format stuck at 0, the best way is to ask for help from it. What's more, it also works as a perfect solution when diskpart has encountered an error access is denied, or the parameter is incorrect.


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4