By Emily / Last Updated September 3, 2019

Overview of Any Drive Formatter

The name of Any Drive Formatter tool explains exactly what it can do. It is a kind of software used to format connected mass storage devices, even when Windows is unable to and prompts formatting errors like Windows was unable to complete the format.

Any Drive Formatter can detect the drive that needs to be formatted, which only works for removable drives like USB drives. But you are able to select the portable drive you want to format. It is compatible with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

How to format disk via Any Drive Formatter?

Step 1. Download and install Any Drive Formatter.

Step 2. Right-click the application icon and select “Run as administrator”.

Step 3. Select the drive to format from the drop down list. You can also enter a name for the drive being formatted.

Step 4. Select the format mode (full format or quick format) according to your needs.

Step 5. Confirm that you have selected the correct drive, and then click “Format” to start formatting the target drive.

Any Drive Formatter

Limitations of Any Drive Formatter tool

Although much better than the Windows built-in tools, the Any Drive Formatter, as for now, comes with some limitations, sometimes which means a lot and decides whether the formatting could be done successfully or not.

Major limitations:

  • It usually requires you to download .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) during the installation, if you skip this step, the Any Drive Formatter won’t work correctly.

Any Drive Formatter Feature

  • Sometimes even you have downloaded the required Windows features, you still cannot install it successfully and receive an error code: 0x800F081F.

AnyDrive Formatter Limit

  • Any Drive Formatter is not able to format any internal hard drive partition, which means you can use it to format USB, pendrive and other portable devices only.

Best Any Drive Formatter alternative

With those advantages listed above, you might consider searching for an alternative for Any Drive Formatter tool. Here we highly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This freeware has a simple and intuitive design, ease to use for everyone. More versatile than Any Drive Formatter.

Obvious highlights:

  • It generally runs fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup.

  • It won’t require you to download some accessories or Windows features to ensure a smooth running.

  • It can format both external and internal hard disk to NTFS, FAT32, exFAT and Ext 2/3/4 in simple steps.

  • It can directly convert hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS, or NTFS to FAT32 without data loss/formatting.

  • Besides formatting disk, it can also help you extend/delete/merge/wipe/copy partition.

Here we will take how to format a USB drive to FAT32 via AOMEI Partition Assistant as an example.

Tips: Please make a backup of important data since formatting process will delete everything on the USB drive. AOMEI Backupper is a great choice for backup.

(1) Download the freeware. Install and run it. Right-click the USB drive partition and choose Format Partition.

Format exFAT Partition

(2) Choose FAT32 under file system tab and click OK to continue.

Format exFAT To FAT32

(3) Click Apply to start formatting the partition of USB drive.

Proceed

Summary

All in all, AOMEI Partition Assistant can not only format disk more easily than Any Drive Formatter, but also provides other awesome disk/partition management functions.

If you upgrade it to Pro Edition, you can unlock more astonishing features such as converting dynamic disk to basic without loss of data, recovering lost/delete partitions, erase data from SSD drives completely, extending system drive space when C drive is full and more.