Windows Cannot Format This Drive : Solution [TRP]

Today, when I plugged my flash drive and tried to format it, I got an error saying “Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no Windows is displaying the contents of the drive.”

Have a look :

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I tried other formatting tools but got the same error again and again. So here is a simple solution to format any drive if you get this error.

1. First download and install a freeware called Unlocker. Click here to visit the download link.

2. Now after installing this tool, right click on the drive that you want to format and click on Unlocker.

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3. When unlocker will open, select Unlock All.

4. Now after unlocking the drive, now you can easily format the drive without any error.

This method is 100% working and tried by me. If you are facing any problem or still getting the same error, recheck the steps above or write a comment below.

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25 Comments

  1. VISHAL says:

    Seems interesting

    Will try if i will get this prob in da future

  2. El3ments says:

    It’s ironic how there is an app for everything. A google search and you can usually find something to fix your issue.

  3. Samuel says:

    I downloaded and installed unlocker but my computer keeps crashing and a blue screen appear with writing saying something about my computer has shut sown to prevent it from damage etc, etc… Had to uninstall unlocker.

    • Gagan says:

      That blue screen is called as BSOD(Blue Screen Of Death) that comes due to virus attack or illegal registry entry. Do one thing, download and install any registry fixer and make a full scan and this will solve your problem of BSOD.

  4. Himanshu says:

    Thanx a lot !!!!
    Cheers

  5. hemantkushwah says:

    thank s a lot dear

  6. dOneL says:

    THANKS A LOT .

  7. Jinesh says:

    Hey thnxs a lot bro…………..It worked…………:-}

  8. peter says:

    tried this and it solved the main issue but it still says: “windows cannot complete the format” what is wrong really confused

  9. Imran Zafar says:

    Same problem happened with my FlashDrive as well. I already have Unlocker and it did not work. I just went to ‘MyComputer’ – Manage – Diskmanagement – and from there formatted my FlashDrive. It worked like a charm.

  10. Umer says:

    thanx alot bRO!! it really works… thnxxx thnxxxx

  11. Yatri Kapoor says:

    thnx a ton dude ….

    this worked fine for me :)

    Got a bit worried how I am going to do this.

    This info came in handy.

  12. pogi says:

    tnx a lot imran zafar, it works..

  13. roxarius says:

    Same problem happened with my FlashDrive as well. I already have Unlocker and it did not work. I just went to ‘MyComputer’ – Manage – Diskmanagement – and from there formatted my FlashDrive. It worked like a charm.

    it work me perfet ur form

  14. shyam says:

    i tried to these steps but after running unlocker still the same message appears. i need to kill the process or clicking the unlock button. please reply soon i need to format my drive.

  15. sushanth says:

    thanks.this idea of yours worked out.I downloaded the unlocker software and i could format the drive.it was quick and easy.thanks for sharing the idea.

  16. quadraquint says:

    Imran Zafar, YOU ARE GENIUS!
    Unlocker didn’t work for me and I thought nothing was going to. UNBELIEVABLE!

  17. swamy says:

    Worked perfectly,, thanks a lot,, happy new year to you,,

  18. cooldenzon says:

    no unlocker handle found. problem still persists

  19. Addu says:

    Thank u…………. thank u again for sharing your knowledge with us.. its very much helpful…

  20. anaver says:

    thank u so much……… its worked fine……

  21. Varun Gautam says:

    Bro It is still showing that the disk cannot be formatted and is open or in use.
    I have also used Unlocker and Dos command to format it but all in vein.
    I still not able to get what to do.

  22. shazim says:

    i am doing everything according to the instructions above but the same error is coming again and again

  23. Chris Flanagan says:

    Could be a virus…

  24. parashar says:

    hi
    the problem is not solved though i hav installd the latest version of the unlocker.
    it still shows the same problem.