Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format SD Memory Card USB Flash

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Last updated on 17/01/2017

Windows was unable to complete the format on SD memory card, USB flash drive or other removable disk like external HDD, pen stick?

Free download iCare Data Recovery Pro for data recovery from RAW memory card, microSD, XD, CF, memory stick, portable hard drive, thumb drive when Windows was not able to complete the format on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10.



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"I have an 8GB SanDisk memory card which is not readable on my digital camera it says that memory card needs to be formatted. Then, I try to format it, but the memory card cannot be formatted successfully in my camera. Therefore, I connect the memory card to my computer and it says the same error message card needs to be formatted. When I attempt to format the card, it shows another message saying 'Windows was unable to complete the format'. Please help me fix the error and recover pictures off memory card."

Windows Cannot Format RAW SD Memory Card External Hard Drive

Windows usually reports that it was unable to complete the format on your SD memory card in following situations:

>> When you format an SD memory card that has RAW file system

>> When you format a memory card which requires formatting on Windows PC

In other words, there is some problem on your memory card in which situation you think that you have no choice but to format the memory card in order to fix the problem. However, the format might fail because the file system of the memory card is corrupted.

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Data Recovery When Windows Cannot Format Memory Card

When you encounter "Windows was unable to complete the format memory card" problem, you can use iCare Data Recovery to recover all types of files from the memory card without formatting it. After data recovery, you can use professional format tool to format the memory card or run Windows built-in Error-checking tool to fix bad sectors on the card.

Download the software now and use it to recover files from any type of memory card without needing to format it.

You can follow the steps below to get back files from memory card when it cannot be formatted:

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Step1. Run the data recovery software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2.  Choose the memory card and let the software scan it for lost files.

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Step3. Preview the found pictures and recover all types of files lost from the memory card.

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Why Windows Reports It Cannot Format My Memory Card?

1. Memory card is attacked by virus

Truthfully, virus infection might corrupt the file system of your memory card which result in memory card not formatted error and cannot be formatted problem. If memory card is infected with virus, you need to run antivirus software to remove virus to fix the problem instead of formatting the card.

2. Memory card contains bad sectors

When memory card has been used for a long time or you often remove your memory card improperly, the card may contain bad sectors. Sometimes, you will receive the unable to format message when memory card contains bad sectors. In this situation, you can run Windows Error-checking tool to check and repair possible bad sectors.

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3. Memory card is read-only

Sometimes, when you format your memory card, you may get the message like "Windows was unable to complete the format. Check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make sure that the disk is not read-only and then try again." If the memory card is read-only, you can put the read-only switch to "off" side.

Solutions for Windows Unable to Complete Format Error on Memory Card MicroSD

1. Format the microSD memory card under Disk Management

If you receive the "Windows was unable to complete the format" message when you format the memory card in "My Computer", you can go to "Disk Management" to format it.

2. Format micro SD memory card by relying on professional format tool

You can use professional format tool to format the memory card. What you should pay attention is that format tool might cause some damage to your memory card, so you should think twice before using it.

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Windows Was Unable to Format Memory Stick

Memory stick is a type of memory card which is developed by Sony. You probably encounter the similar cannot format problem on your memory stick sometimes. The iCare Data Recovery also allows you to recover files from unformatted memory stick when Windows cannot complete the format.

Windows Failed to Format Error on Various Memory Cards

There are various memory cards in different brands such as SanDisk, Samsung, Transcend, PNY, Sony, Toshiba, Lexar, Kingston, etc.
SanDisk memory card – Memory cards of SanDisk such as SanDisk Ultra are world famous, but the SanDisk memory card sometimes might be unable to be formatted.
==> Visit to learn how to fix Windows failed to format SanDisk Ultra memory card
Samsung memory card – Samsung memory card is released by Samsung Electronic. You usually get Windows unable to format error when formatting Samsung because of RAW or not formatted error.
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Other brands of memory card
==> If you have any problem for error fixing on any brand of memory card when Windows says cannot complete the format, you can refer to – Windows was unable to format solution

Windows Is Not Able to Format SD Card, CF, XD Memory Card

A memory card can be in different types including SD, micro SD, SDHC, SDXC, XD card and CF card. You may use different types of memory card in various devices, but all kinds of memory cards are able to be recognized by Windows
for data storage, backup, transferring, etc. Therefore, you may get Windows unable to complete format error on various memory cards.
SD card – It is a type of memory card usually used in digital camera, PDAs, mobile phone, etc. SD card includes SDHC, SDXC and micro SD card.
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CF card – It is widely used in digital camera and PDAs
XD card – It is often used in some digital cameras like Olympus and FujiFilm
==> Windows is not able to format error contains information for repair problem on SD, XD, CF, etc when it is not able to be formatted by Windows PC.

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