How to Fix Hard Drive Can’t Be Formatted?

Christina updated on 2021/6/17 to Data Erasure

Summary: If the hard drive can’t be formatted, how to fix it? This article will show you some methods to fix the issue. Also, we will show you the method to get back the files from the damaged drive.

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Why the drive can’t be formatted sometimes?

Normally, if there are issues with a drive, you may fail to access or use it. In order to reuse it, you can try to format it. After formatting the drive successfully, you can then open and reuse it. However, the drive would not be formatted successfully in some cases. Why the drive cannot be formatted sometimes? Actually, there are some issues that will lead to such an issue, for example:

  • Fatal hardware error on the drive.
  • There are bad sectors on the drive.
  • The hard drive is infected by viruses.
  • The hard drive is write-protected.
  • Hardware drivers are outdated or not compatible.
  • The hard drive is badly damaged.

If you suffer such issues and the drive becomes damaged, but cannot formatted in Disk Management, you can also try the other methods. Here we will show you some methods, please read on and have a try.


How to format a drive with Diskpart?

If you cannot format a drive in Windows Explorer or Disk Management, you can also try to forcibly format the drive with the command tool Diskpart. Here are the detailed steps to format a drive forcibly with the tool Diskpart. Please do as follows step by step to format it.

1. Run the Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. Type diskpart and hit Enter.

3. Type list disk and hit Enter to display all disks on your computer.

4. Type select disk 3 and hit Enter. (Replace Disk 3 with your disk number.)

5. Type clean and hit Enter.

6. Type create partition primary and hit Enter.

7. Type format fs=ntfs quick and hit Enter to format the drive to the NTFS file system.

8. Type assign letter F: (You can replace F: with another letter)

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Format a drive with Donemax Data Eraser

Also, you can try professional and third-party software to format the drive. For example, you can try the software Donemax Data Eraser to format the drive. Here you can download the software and then install it on your computer.

To format the drive with this tool, please first ensure to connect your drive to the computer. Run the software and change to the option Disk Tools. There you will find all the disks connected to your computer. Select the drive that you want to format, then please click the Format button to format it. If it still cannot be formatted, you can click the Repair button to fix the drive issues first. Then you can try again to format the drive.

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Also, you can try to wipe the entire drive and format the drive with the software. Please change to the Erase Hard Drive and choose the drive that you want to format. Click the Erase Now button and then it will erase and format the drive directly. However, this option will wipe the data permanently from the drive. So please ensure to check carefully and choose the correct drive to wipe and format.

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Recover data from the drive that cannot be formatted

If you have important files on the drive, please don’t format the drive in hurry. It will further damage the data on the drive. If still need the files on the drive, please try to recover the files from the drive first. How to recover the files from the hard drive that cannot be formatted? We suggest you use the reliable software Donemax Data Recovery.

If you have important files on the drive that can’t be formatted, please don’t do further changes to the drive. You can download and use the data recovery software to recover the data directly. Here is the download for the software.

It’s very simple to recover data with the software. Only a few clicks are needed and you can easily get back the lost data with the software. We will show you a simple 3-step data recovery procedure. Please do as follows step by step to recover data from the drive that can’t be formatted.

Step 1. Connect the drive that can’t be formatted to your computer. Run the software on your computer and choose the drive from the device list of the software.

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Step 2. To continue the recovery, please click the Scan button directly. The software will then automatically scan the drive to search for lost files. It will take some time to scan and please wait patiently.

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Step 3. After the scan is finished, the software will show you all the found files. Please check and preview the files first and validate if the files are recoverable. Then please check the wanted and recoverable files, click the Recover button and you can choose a location to save the recovered files.

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If the drive has other issues, like the drive is not showing up, cannot be accessed, or other errors, you can also try to recover the data first with Donemax Data Recovery. Then you can try other methods to fix the drive. Also, if you deleted/lost files due to different reasons, please try the software to get back the lost files first. Then you can try other methods to fix the issues of the drive.


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