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Failed to Format the Device? How to Fix HP USB Format Tool Write Protected

Updated by Cici on Dec 05, 2022
Written by Daisy

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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Failed to Format the Device
Fix HP USB Format Tool Failed to Format the Device with EaseUS Partition Master
Bonus Tip: How to Fix HP USB Format Tool Write Protected
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool FAQs

"Hi, I have been using HP USB disk storage tool 2.2.3 in Windows 7. Lately, my laptop was upgraded to Windows 11/10, but when I tried to run the software to format a 64GB USB to FAT32, it went about 80% and then just said 'failed to format the device'. Quitting the software doesn't work. It seemed to be an incompatibility issue. Now I need a better alternative for the HP USB disk storage formatting tool that can work perfectly in Windows 11/10. Any thoughts?"

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Failed to Format the Device

HP USB disk storage formatting utility is used to format USB flash drive with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS. It is popular among users who prefer a third-party USB format tool than Disk Management in Windows. The problem is, a lot of users start complaining about this software after upgrading their computers to Windows 11/10. They constantly receive a formatting error message saying "failed to format the device".

If you are one of these unfortunate users and you are sure the USB disk is not damaged, don't worry. We find a better yet free alternative - EaseUS Partition Master Free, a partition manager software that can do whatever an HP USB disk storage application can do.

Fix HP USB Format Tool Failed to Format the Device with EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master is more than just an HP formatting alternative, as it offers more useful features that users would frequently use in their daily life. Here are the amazing features of this tool:

  • Fully supports users to format the storage device with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS.
  • Enables users to resize (like extend or shrink) partition, wipe partition, hide partition, delete the partition, merge partitions, create a new partition, etc.
  • Completely wipe out all the data on hard disk permanently to save all confidential & sensitive data.
  • Works well in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Download the EaseUS Partition Master for free and learn how to format your USB drive from the steps below.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 1

Step 2. Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format External Hard Drive/USB/SD Card - 2

Step 3. In the Warning window, click "Yes" to continue.

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Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

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Note: Smaller cluster size makes less wasting of disk space. The smaller the cluster size is, the bigger the file allocation table (FAT) will be. The bigger the FAT is, the slower the operating system works with the disk.

Bonus Tip: How to Fix HP USB Format Tool Write Protected

Another common HP USB format tool problem is that the write-protected message prompted during the formatting. The possible reasons and solutions are as follow:

1. Turn off the write-protected tab on your USB stick. Some USB drives have a lock switch used to protect the drive in transit. If you receive the error message, check if you have turned on the write-protected switch. If yes, unlock it and have another try.

2. The device is set to read-only in disk attributes. You may set read-only to that device consciously or unconsciously. You can remove the read-only cluster with EaseUS Partition Master.

EaseUS Partition Master gives you a direct solution to remove write protection from your write-protected USB, USB external disk or SD card in simple clicks. 

Here is how to do so:

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Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Toolkit section, and click "Write Protection".

Click Remove write protection

Step 2. Select your write protected USB, USB external disk or SD card, and click "Disable".

Click Remove write protection

3. The file system of the USB drive is corrupted by viruses. Under this condition, you can use a data recovery tool to repair USB drive first. And then try formatting the USB with another formatting tool like EaseUS Partition Master.

Video Guide - How to Format a Write Protected USB/SD Card

We collect a look at how to format a USB drive or SD card which displays "the disk is write protected" in Windows.

00:15 - Check USB or SD Card
01:24 - Command Prompt
02:15 - EaseUS Clean Genius
02:46 - Regedit
03:57 - EaseUS Partition Master

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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool FAQs

How do I fix a USB drive that won't format?

Unable to format USB, try the below methods:

1. Switch the USB Lock icon to the "Off" side and reconnect it to computer.

2. Format USB drive in Windows File Explorer.

3. Change the drive letter in Disk Management.

4. Run antivirus software to check USB.

How do I force a USB drive to format?

To force format USB flash drive:

1. Connect USB drive to PC.

2. Press Windows + E to open the File Explorer and go to the "This PC" tab.

3. Under the "Device and drives" section, right-click the USB and select the Format button.

4. Select the preferred file system and start formatting.

How do I remove write protection on HP flash drive?

Hold your USB stick and find a switch label as a lock icon. Switch it to the other side. Make sure the switch is on the Off position. Then re-insert USB to computer again.

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Updated by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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