Formatting drives, especially smaller ones is a quick way of getting rid of any data and at times, malware as well. Windows itself makes the process quite simple. All you have to do is right-click the drive and click format.
However, at times Windows can run into errors while trying to format a drive. In this article, we’re taking a look at why this happens and how to fix this problem.
Why does this happen?
There are a number of reasons why Windows might not be able to format a given drive. Some of the most popular ones are as follows:
- The drive is write-protected.
- There’s physical damage to the drive.
- Bad sectors.
- Malware or virus preventing a write operation.
- No drive letter allocated.
Also read: How to format an SD card in Linux?
How to fix this
Here are a few solutions you can take to fix the problem.
Format using the Command Prompt
Formatting using the command prompt can completely purge the drive of any data. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type cmd and hit enter.
Step 2: Type the format command using the following syntax.
format [drive letter] /fs:[file system]
For example, if you want to format the D drive with FAT32, you’ll use the following command.
format D: /fs:fat32
Using Disk Management
If you’d rather stick to a graphical interface, you can try using the Disk Management tool as well.
Step 1: Press Windows key + X to access the Quick Access menu. Click on Disk Management.
Step 2: Select the drive you want to format, right-click it and click Format.