Q: I receive the message 'The format did not complete successfully' when trying to format my pen drive through 'Computer Managment' This thread is locked from future replies


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The format did not complete successfully. 






1. What is the make and model number of the flash drive?
Some pen drive brands have formatting tools. You could visit their website and use them if any.
2. Are you formating in NTSF or FAT32?
If it is NTFS, you need to restart your computer after format.
Follow the steps mentioned below and check if it helps resolve the issue.
Note: Please backup your data before formatting your pen drive
Step 1:
First, try formatting in safe mode
Step 2:
a. Open a DOS prompt (Start >> Run >> Type "cmd") and type:
attrib -r -h -s ./s x:\*.*
This will change the attributes of all of the files on the pen drive. Readonly, hidden, and system attributes will be removed.
b. Replace the X: with your pen drive's drive letter. Now you will be able to see them in Explorer, and delete them, without formatting anything.
Step 3:
Format with DOS commands
a. Open the DOS prompt (Start >> Run >> Type "cmd" in the box)
b. Type:
FORMAT X: /FS:FAT32 /Q /V:PenDrive
This will reformat the Pen drive, using the FAT32 file system, and label the drive PenDrive. Replace X: with the actual drive letter of your Pen Drive. For more help on this command, type:
at the command prompt.
Step 4:
There could be a virus that may stop you formatting your pen drive. I'd have you run a virus chack using your security software once before attempting format again.

Azeez Nadeem - Microsoft Support

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