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Windows was unable to complete the format

My pen drive is 1gb it show's 8mb

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  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I have the same problem, but with CDRW discs. As far as I know you don't have to format CDRW discs, but each time I want to use one it tells me I need to format and then tells me it can't complete. Very annoying. I have searched the internet for a solution, but haven't been able to find one yet.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    dvd rw disk cannot be re formated

  • amit_181 Apr 17, 2009

    I have a similar problem :( and with vista business edition. If I insert a CDRW to burn something, it attempts to format and says "Windows was unable to complete the format".

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Windows was unable to complete the format 4gb moser beer

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What type of storage devices are you trying to format, a camera/phone memory card or computer USB flash drive?
Honestly, the related memory card or flash drive unable to complete format error problems happen to users due to drive or card corruption, virus infection, write protected issues and more.
And, in your case, you'd better firstly remove the write protection and then, see whether it could be formatted in Disk Management.
There are also many related solutions for you to resolve Windows was unable to complete the format error problems.

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If capacity changes, there must be something wrong with the memory chip. then you can't format it by common solution.
try formatting it with Command Prompt or professional tool.
btw, if no method can help you, then you'll have to buy a new pen drive.
good luck

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If id does not format in your device us software like SD Formatter

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I know about this problem and the solution.

First, you should know your pen drive is infected with a virus. You can't usually repair it, you'lll just have to format it, and I'm getting to that.

Now, Before you format the pen drive, you might want to preserve some files in the drive?

Instead of trying to view the pen drive by double clicking or right click=>open TYPE the ASSOCIATED DRIVE LETTER at the RUN DIALOG BOX (start=>run)

If your pen drive is assigned to drive E:
Type "E:" (without quotes) and hit enter.
It should open.

Now you will probably see some weired .exe file, probably named fun.exe. That's the virus. You just cant delete it. BUT you can copy the rest of the imprtant files to your hard drive.

type "cmd" (without qoutes) and hit enter
type "format/x E:" (without qoutes and mind your spellings and spacing. REPLACE "E:" with the associated drive letter of the pen drive)
Hit enter.

Hope my info fixes your problem,
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