With the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft has added a new feature, » Storage sensor ‘, Similar to the old Disk Cleanup Utility found in older versions of Windows that monitors your system for old and unused files and actively deletes them on a regular schedule. We can say that Microsoft cleverly merged the old Disk Cleanup feature and the Delete Temporary Files feature and made the process so easy.
Microsoft has added storage sense as an optional feature, which is disabled by default, but when enabled, it will proactively delete temporary files (those created by applications) that have been in the recycle bin for more than 30 days, as well as files in the Downloads folder that haven’t changed in 30 days.
The reason behind Windows could not complete the format error
This error mainly occurs when the storage devices have bad sectors, the disk is write-protected, highly infected with viruses, or the storage device may be damaged. If any of this happens to your USB disk drive it will become unusable, please ask to format the dive before use or Windows rejects the format with different error messages such as Windows could not complete the format. So whatever the reason, the solution is the most important. We will follow the advice to solve this problem. Before the solutions are installed, first install an antivirus with the latest updates on your system and scan the drive for virus and malware infection and verify that it works. If you don’t follow the next step
Fix windows could not complete the format
Format the drive with Disk Management
Windows Disk Management Tool Allows you to manage partitions and disks for computer. With Disk Management Tool you can create a new volume, enlarge or shrink the partition, change the drive letter, delete or format the partition, etc. Also, corrupted flash drives / USB drives can be formatted within Disk Management. This tool is not available on my computer or Windows Explorer. To access the Disk Management Tool Right-click this PC (for Windows 10 users) My Computer (for Windows 8.1, 7, Visit Users) and select Manage.
This will open the computer management window. Now here on the left side Click on disk management under storage. This will show all the storage devices attached (including the USB drive) to your computer. In the middle section, find your problem device (you should be able to recognize it by its size) and the fact that Windows recognizes it as unallocated space.
Right click on the flash drive and select “Format” option and select the file system format to perform quick format.
If the drive shows an allocated space
In computer management If the problem drive is shown with unallocated space Then just right click on it and select New Simple Volume. The New Simple Volume Wizard will start. Here select to format this volume with the following settings and set the file system type to NTFS, check the Perform a quick format box. Click Next and finish to complete the process. You will see that your drive has been formatted and is now correctly recognized by Windows.
Make sure the drive is not used in Windows operating system
If the drive is used in Windows OS for paging file or Ready Boots, then also Windows refuses to format the dip. for that make sure that Windows does not use it. Right click on the selection properties of this PC. Click Advanced System Settings. When the system properties pop-up window opens, go to the advanced tab here, click the settings next to performance. Move back to the advanced tab and then select switch to virtual memory.
Here in the Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. Then select the drive that you failed to format, it should have its Paging File Size set to Managed System. Select the No paging file option and hit Set, which should change the Paging file size to None from Managed System. Click OK, Apply and close System Properties.
If Windows prompts for Restart for any changes you make to take effect Restart the system. Try formatting the drive again. It should work without error if this drive is used by Windows before.
Format the drive using the command prompt
If the above two methods didn’t work for you, don’t worry. With the Windows Command Prompt utility, you can easily format any drive with flown type commands. This is the best and most effective way to format your USB drive without any errors. For this, you must open elevated command prompt .
In the Start menu search, type CMD Right-click the command prompt under Search Results and select Run as administrator.
Now in the command prompt window, type command diskpart and press the Enter key.
Next Enter the list volume commands and press the Enter key. Then you can see the partition and disk list of the current computer. All drives are numbered, check USB drive for me, your disk 4 is the flash drive.
Type command: select volume 4 (because your volume number may be different) press the Enter key. This will show that volume 4 is the selected volume.
Type the below commands one by one and press the Enter key.
The disk will be scanned and its corrupted file structure will be erased during the scan. Once the process is done, it reports a confirmation message stating that it has successfully wiped the drive and that a new partition needs to be created.
create primary partition-
select partition 1
next guy in format symbol of the system / FS = NTFS (you can copy and paste it) and press Enter. The disk drive will begin to format with the NTFS file system. Please wait a moment to complete the format to 100%.
When the format is complete (100%), close the command prompt window and go to Computer to check the drive. Check your drive by copying some data to it.
With this method, you can repair your corrupted SD cards, USB flash drives, and even your external hard drives.
Again here the list of commands to format the USB drive:
-select disk ‘your disk number’
-create primary partition
-select partition 1
-format fs = NTFS
I am sure that after trying the command prompt utility to format the drive, you will no longer have any errors while formatting the disk drive. If you keep getting the third party software to format, clean and make the disk drive usable.
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is an easy-to-use yet powerful application that can easily solve any problems you may experience when trying to format a USB drive. This is very similar in terms of appearance to the Windows standard format screen.
Just select the USB drive, choose the desired file system (NTFS for drives larger than 4GB). Click Start to format the drive.
Note: again, don’t use the “Quick Format” option! It may take a while in full mode, but it is safer and more effective.
These are some of the best solutions to fix Windows. Could not complete the error of Format . These tips will work for all USB drives, memory cards, external disk drives. Let us know which option worked for you. If you have any better solutions, feel free to share your feedback with us.