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3 Best Ways to Fix 'The Format Did Not Complete Successfully' Error

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
We find 3 best ways to help fix 'the format did not complete successfully' error on SD memory card, USB disk, external hard drive in Windows 10,8,7.

The format did not complete successfully

"External hard drive is in RAW format, I tried to format it into NTFS but get the error 'the format did not complete successfully'. How to deal with the problem?"

"I receive the message 'The format did not complete successfully' when trying to format my pen drive by right click format."

"I am seeing an error message that says virtual disk manager the format did not complete successfully."

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How to fix 'the format did not complete successfully' error?

Despite an old topic for a long time, 'the format did not complete successfully' error is still a headache for many average users. Usually, such an error message means Windows was unable to complete the format for a hard disk or a removable storage media in a normal way, so you'd better stop trying.

To ease your worry, we find 3 best ways to help fix 'the format did not complete successfully' error on USB, SD memory card, external hard drive in Windows 10,8,7.

1. Fix 'the format did not complete successfully' by using Windows Disk Management

Unknown viruses on your computer may stop you formatting your disk drive in a large extent, so run a virus check using the security software at first attempt. Afterwards, try to format again in Disk Management carefully.

Step 1. Execute diskmgmt.msc from whatever Windows command line interface you're using.
Step 2. Right-click on the disk and select "Format" option.
Step 3. Follow the format wizard to complete the format process.

Or you may perhaps delete the volume, create a new one and then format.

2. Fix 'the format did not complete successfully' by using command

Step 1. Type cmd in the Search and open a DOS prompt.
Step 2. Type command: attrib -r -h -s ./s x:\*.* (replace x with your pen drive's drive letter, such as g or f)
Step 3. Type command: FORMAT X: /FS:FAT32 /Q /V:PenDrive (replace x with your pen drive's drive letter, such as g or f)

This will reformat the pen drive into FAT32 file system.

3. Fix 'the format did not complete successfully' by using third-party SD & USB format utility

EaseUS Partition Master is the best USB format tool that helps resolve Windows format error. You may as well use the last method as the first, because it's the simplest comparing with the former two methods. Above all, you can hardly make a mistake with it.

Step 1. If the format did not complete successfully on an external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive or a memory card, use the adapter to connect it to a Windows computer. Download EaseUS free partition manager.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 2. Right-click the disk you want to format and choose "Format partition".

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Step 3. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label and choose a file system.

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Step 4. Click "Apply" to confirm to format your disk.

Hope at least one of the 3 troubleshooting methods helps fix 'the format did not complete successfully' error on USB, SD memory card, external hard drive in Windows 10,8,7.