Fixed: Can't Format USB Flash Drive Error and Recover Data

This article we will offer the best two solutions to help you fix unable to format USB flash drive error, and recover lost data from formatted USB with Recoverit Data Recovery software.

Overview of Can't Format USB Flash Drive Error:

The Windows computer won't allow the user to format the USB drive, and they will receive the error message "Windows was unable to complete the format". Also, they cannot accessible to the USB drive and write the data on it.

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The USB drive may get corrupted or damaged and caused the computer can't format USB. The common reasons caused the error can be that the USB drive got virus infected, USB bad sectors, physical damage and the file system crashed. But don't worry, on the following guide we will show you the best way to fix USB format failure error, and help you recover format data with Recoverit Data Recovery software.

How to Fix Can't Format USB Flash Drive Error with CMD

Follow the next steps to fix your USB flash drive unable to format error:

Step 1. Connect your USB drive to the computer.

Step 2. Go to open Command Prompt windows you can press Win + R to open Run dialog and type cmd, or you can typecommand prompt on the search bar.

Step 3. Then type diskpart and press Enter.

Step 4. Type list disk press enter to list all hard disks on your computer.

Step 5. Type select disk n and Enter, the N means your USB drive letter.

Step 6. Type clean and Enter, then type create partition primary and Enter.

Step 7. Then the USB drive got formatted if you want to format it to FAT32 by typing format fs=fat32 quick and Enter. If you want to format to NTFS, type format fs=ntfs quick.

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Formatted USB Drive Data Solution: After formatted the USB drive with cmd, you can use the drive again. What if you want your original data back, you still can restore your data from formatted USB flash drive. On the next guide we will show you how to recover data from formatted USB device with Recoverit Data Recovery software. But most important thing is you should not save any new data on the formatted drive before recovering data.

How to Recover Data after USB Format Error

The most powerful format data recovery program, here we recommend Recoverit Data Recovery software. It is a professional data recovery software can easily to help you recover data from formatted device like USB flash drive, SD memory card, external hard drive, computer/laptop hard disk, etc.

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Recoverit - The Best Formatted USB Recovery Software

(1). The Formatted USB Recovery program can easily to recover deleted files from USB after format error.
(2). Undeleted files from formatted USB device, restore files after virus infected USB, or any other data lost issue from USB flash drive.

Steps on how to recover data from formatted USB drive

Download and install Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer, launch it and follow the nest steps to perform USB data recovery on Windows computer. If you are a Mac user, you should download Mac version and go on.

Step 1. Select "Formatted Disk Recovery" mode to get started.

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Step 2. Select your formatted USB device.(Make sure your device detected on the computer)

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Step 3. The format recovery software will start to scanning the device and search your files. It will take for a while to completely scan.

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Step 4. Finally, you can check all recovered data files. Preview some recovered photos, and select your data by clicking "Recover" button to retrieve your data back.

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Note: Please do not save the data back on your corrupted USB drive, it may overwrite the data already on the drive.

Video Tutorial on Formatted USB Drive Recovery:

Recoverit Data Recovery can easily recover your data from formatted USB device, it also can restore all type data files from external hard drive, computer hard drive/laptop, Mac, SD memory card, camera, etc. Download and try it for now.

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