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Kingston Format Utility Format Fail 4/8/16/32/64/128 GB

Updated by Daisy on Jan 25, 2021
Written by Brithny

Kingston Format Utility Format Fail

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Kingston USB Format Utility (kingston_format_utility.exe), which you can download it for free on the Kingston official website, is a small Windows piece of software that makes it as simple as possible for you to format Kingston HyperX series (DTHX30/XXGB) USB flash drives. With the Kingston format utility, you can format the matched USB pen drive and use it like an empty new one, repair corruption, fix a RAW USB drive, remove unknown viruses and troubleshoot many file system based problems. By inserting the USB in the specific port of a computer and start the program, you'll quickly receive the prompt "format success".

Why does Kingston format utility format fail? Though it's the Kingston branded USB flash drive, sometimes you are unable to format it in the format utility. In general, the reasons are as follows:

  • Your Kingston flash drive does not belong to the HyperX series. E.g. You cannot format Kingston DataTraveller 2.0, DT50,  DTSE9, DataTraveller G3...
  • The Kingston USB flash drive or pen drive is read-only or write-protected. You must unlock the drive in order to format it with success.
  • Other severe damage to the flash drive ports, chips, etc.

Fix #1. Format Kingston USB Flash Drive in Disk Management

Windows Disk Management is a universally applied way to format a computer internal storage or removable hard disks. You can easily access Windows Disk Management in Windows 7, 8 and 10 and format any series of your Kingston USB flash drive when the official format utility fails.

Important: Though powerful enough, Windows Disk Management cannot format a Kingston USB drive or SD card over 32GB to FAT32. If you're planning to format a 64GB USB drive to FAT32, you must turn to the Fix #2 method - a third-party partition manager.

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To format a Kingston USB flash drive in Windows Disk Management:

Step 1. Navigate to My Computer (Windows 7) or This PC (Windows 10) > Manage > Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click on the Kingston USB flash drive and choose "Format".

Step 3. Choose the desired file system and perform a quick format. Click "OK".

Format kingston USB flash drive in disk management

Fix #2. Format Kingston USB Flash Drive with Third-party USB Formatting Tool

EaseUS Partition Master is developed as a perfect disk formatting tool that can seamlessly solve the Kingston format utility format failure issue on a variety of capacities, from the small 2GB-32GB to 64GB-256GB. It is annoying while you cannot format and repair Kingston pen drive when it goes wrong and stops working, especially when Windows Disk Management also fails by sending error messages like "Windows was unable to complete the format" or "the format did not complete successfully".

Fortunately, all the problems you may encounter during the course of Kingston troubleshooting, EaseUS partition magic can perfectly solve! It can help you easily complete the Kingston pen drive format job while the Kingston format utility or Disk Management tool failed.

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To format a Kingston USB flash drive with EaseUS Partition Master:

Step 1. Select the USB drive to format.

Connect the USB drive or pen drive to your computer. Download and launch EaseUS partition software. Right-click the USB drive you intend to format and choose "Format".

Step 2. Set the drive letter and file system on USB.

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

Step 3. Check "OK" to confirm formatting USB.

Click "OK" if you see the Warning window. If you have important data on it, back up the data in advance.

Step 4. Apply the changes.

Click the "Execute operation" button first, and then click "Apply" to format the USB drive.

Fix #3. Format Write-protected Kingston Flash Drive

CMD command line in Windows DOS is one of the solutions to repair and fix a write-protected memory card or flash drive, including all series of Kingston flash drives. Working as a write protection tool, it can help you remove the write protection within simple steps. Afterward, you can feel free to format the Kingston drive in whatever format utilities you like.

Step 1. Press "Windows + R" and enter cmd. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

Step 2. Type diskpart and hit Enter.

Step 3. Type the following command lines each after and hit Enter each time.

  • list disk
  • select disk x (x is the number of your Kingston flash drive that you want to remove write protection from)
  • attributes disk clear readonly

If you don't consider yourself a pro-computer user and you're not familiar with command-lines, don't worry. There are graphical-based solutions to help you remove write-protection from your hard drives, USB drives, and even SD cards.

EaseUS CleanGenius is one of these tools that helps you fix aforementioned issues on your drives without knowing a thing about command-line.

Here's an easy-to-follow guide on how to use this tool to get your issues sorted:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS CleanGenius (free) on your computer.

Step 2: Run EaseUS CleanGenius on your PC, select Optimization and choose the Write Protection mode.

disable write protection

Step 3: Select the device that is write-protected and click Disable to remove the protection.

Disable Write Protection from storage devices.

To Sum Up

Regarding the topic of how to fix Kingston format utility format failure, we come up with three effective solutions, including [1] format the Kingston flash drive in Windows Disk Management; [2] format the Kingston flash drive with EaseUS formatting tool; [3] remove write protection using cmd or an automatic write protection removable tool. 

All the solutions are demonstrated with a detailed guide. If by chance, your case is not solved by following the advice here, try to scan and remove the virus.

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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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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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