How to Fix HP USB Disk Storage Formatting Tool Failed to Format Device

Daisy updated on Oct 30, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

"Hi, I have been using HP USB disk storage tool 2.2.3 in Windows 7. Lately, my laptop was upgraded to Windows 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 10. Any thoughts?"

HP USB Disk Storage Formatting 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 formatting tool than Disk Management in Windows. The problem is, a lot of users start complaining about this software after upgrading their computers to Windows 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, a partition manager software that can do whatever an HP USB disk storage application can do.

How to Format USB Disk Storage 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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 Windows 10 is supported


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 Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

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

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" 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 your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

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 in Diskpart. Press the "Windows + R" key to open Run. Type "diskpart" and press Enter. Run as administrator. Then, run these commands in sequence:

  • list disk
  • select disk n (where n is the disk number of your USB flash drive)
  • attrib disk clear Readonly
  • exit

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

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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