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

Updated on Nov 30, 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 tells virtual disk manager the format did not complete successfully."

the format did not complete successfully

Fixes for 'The Format Did Not Complete Successfully' 

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 three best ways to help fix the problem on USB, SD memory card, the external hard drive in Windows 10,8,7.

1. 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. Afterward, 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. 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 the FAT32 file system.

3. 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.

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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

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