Addressing Windows' Inability To Complete Formatting
What are the causes of Windows' inability to complete formatting?
System formatting is needed when the system shows poor performance. If the system is infected with a malicious virus and when this virus affects the driver files, you might need to format your system. As a result, the driver files might not work properly. Formatting is the only way to get rid of this virus. In general, this formatting is done by following a few steps which may include removal of existing documents in the system by making them inaccessible to the users. Formatting includes the removal of certain files which are stored in your system. This includes your personal files, music, and other necessary files. So, before doing formatting, you need to take the backup copy of all the important files that could be used later. Sometimes, while formatting, you might face certain issues which would result in an incomplete Windows format.
Causes of Windows' inability to complete formatting and tips to fix the issue:
- Damaged hard drive
- FAT32 and File System Issues
- Running of another application
Damaged hard drive
If a certain portion of the hard drive's disk is damaged and if you are not able to read or write, you might encounter problems while formatting. You can resolve this issue by formatting in small sections around the bad sector so that the smaller partitions end before or start after the damaged portion. If the damaged portion is near the beginning of the disk, you might try a formatting program that can format a disk from outside to inside instead of from inside to outside.
FAT32 and File System Issues
Often certain type of file systems are restricted on partition formatting sizes. The FAT32 file format has size restrictions, but this file is useful since most of the computers today are able to read the file format. FAT32 file system is restricted to 32GB partitions through the Windows formatting utility. Hence, larger drives are divided into smaller, inefficient partitions.
If the Operating System is working, most of the Operating Systems might not allow you to do formatting i.e. you might not be able to format the hard drive while another application is running. You can overcome this restriction by doing a system restoration or an operating system installation.
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