Widows Was Unable to Format Flash Drive

"What to do when Windows was unable to format flash drive from RAW to FAT32? I have many files on this flash drive, but I cannot access any file since Windows cannot complete the format. Is there any other way to recover data from RAW file system flash drive when it cannot be formatted?"

"My flash drive turns to RAW file system asking to reformat, but Windows cannot format the flash drive when I click yes to perform formatting. I tried to complete format and quick format the flash drive in order to convert its file system from RAW to FAT32, but Windows pops up the same error message to alert cannot complete the format. What should I do to fix the RAW error when flash drive won’t format?"

"I want to move some data from my 32GB flash drive, but it says RAW format. When formatting the RAW flash drive, I received another warning Windows was unable to format disk drive. Can you tell me how do I rescue all inaccessible data from this RAW flash drive?"

Flash Drive RAW – The Symptom That Leads You to Format It

If you format a flash drive by mistake when it still works fine, you will not receive Windows unable to complete format error message. A symptom that forces you to format your flash drive is that it changes to RAW file system. When you format a RAW flash drive, it may show error message Windows was unable to complete the format.

== >> To learn why flash drive turns to RAW and how to fix the problem, please visit this page – RAW drive

Fortunately, your flash drive is still recognized by Windows OS, in which situation you have a good chance to perform data recovery.


>>Quick Solution for Data Recovery When RAW USB Flash Drive Is Unable to Be Formatted on Windows Computer

Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover data from flash drive whose file system has change to RAW but Windows cannot format it to previous filesystem.

Data Recovery When Windows Was Unable to Format Flash Drive

When you search for a method to recover data from RAW flash drive when it cannot be formatted in Windows, please remember not to format the drive. iCare Data Recovery is able to recover data from flash drive when you receive message Windows fails to format the drive. With this software, you can deep scan the RAW flash drive to search every inaccessible file. You can refer to the guide below to recover USB drive files step by step:

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on Windows computer. Run the software and select scan mode.

select recovery mode

Step2. Choose the RAW flash drive and wait the software to scan it.

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Step3. Preview files after scanning and then save the lost data to another drive.

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What to Do When Windows Cannot Format RAW Flash Drive?

You probably know that formatting is able to convert a flash drive from RAW to FAT32. In other words, you can get rid of the RAW drive error after formatting RAW flash drive to FAT32. However, what can you do if Windows failed to format the RAW flash drive? In this situation, if you still insist on formatting the flash drive, you will need to rely on a professional format tool, but you should remember that format tool might cause damage to the flash drive.

Make New Volume for Flash Drive That Cannot Format on Windows

Since the flash drive has changed to RAW file system and cannot be formatted by Windows, it usually shows as unallocated volume under Disk Management. Therefore, you can make a new volume for the flash drive to fix the problem by following the guide below:

Step1. Right click the flash drive under Windows Disk Management and select "New Simple Volume".

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Step2. Select the "Format this volume with following settings" on new simple volume wizard and wait patiently before the formatting is completed.

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It does not matter what kind of message is showing on your flash drive that makes you believe formatting is the best solution for the problem! The most important point is to get a useful way to extract all files immediately!

Signs That Windows Unable to Format USB

1. Windows reports it was unable to format message
The most common sign is that Windows system reports message to tell you that format is not completed on the USB flash drive.
==> To know reasons and solutions, please refer to this page – Windows reports it was not able to complete the format

2. Please insert a disk into Removable Disk

Another possible sign is that it asks you to insert a disk into removable disk.

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Usually, the USB flash drive is showing up as a removable disk on your computer, but when you double click it to format, it says "please insert a disk into removable disk".


When you insert your USB flash drive to your computer, it works fine at the beginning but it responses slowly and finally stops working. In this situation, you may disconnect the flash drive and reconnect it again, but it requires formatting when you attempt to open it. However, it reports another message saying there is no disk inserted please insert a disk into removable disk when you click to format it.


1. The drive letter of flash drive is configured with the local disk drive on your computer
2. The flash drive is corrupted or damaged


For drive letter conflict, you can open Disk Management on your computer to change a drive letter for the flash drive by following: Click "My Computer" > "Manage" > "Disk Management" > right click the flash drive and select "Change drive letter and paths" > add a new drive letter and click "Change"

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If the USB flash drive is physically damaged, you had better send it to a flash drive repair center!

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