6 Useful Solutions to “Invalid media or Track 0 bad – disk unusable” Error in Windows

When you fail to format a drive or memory card with an error – “Invalid media or Track 0 bad – disk unusable”, you can refer to this post to learn 6 effective measures. They will help you get rid of this trouble in quick time.

In many cases, you need to format your storage media, such as hard disk or USB flash drive or SD card, etc. However, sometimes, Windows may fail to format your media and prompt you of the error message – “Invalid media or Track 0 bad – disk unusable”. In this situation, you can read on to learn 6 effective solutions to this error.

"Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable" Error in Windows

1. Disable Write-protection

At times, this error stems from write-protection. For instance, the USB flash drive has a small switch on the side. If the switch is turned on, the USB drive is write–protected. In this case, you will fail to write to it, not to mention formatting it. So, at this time, you need to disable write-protection, namely just turn off the switch.

2. Try Other Formatting Tools

This error appears when you use “format” command line in Command Prompt in Windows system. Now that formatting fails in Command Prompt, why don’t you try the other formatting tools? Windows provides several such utilities, such as “Quick Format” in the drive’s “Properties” or “Format” in “Disk Management”.

3. Run CHKDSK to Repair Bad Sector

As the error message suggests, track 0 is bad, which refers to bad sector. As we all know, CHKDSK is an effective utility to check and repair bad sectors in Windows. Thus, you can attempt to fix this error via CHKDSK. You can either run “CHKDSK” in command prompt or use “Check Now” in drive’s “Properties”.

4. Apply Third Party Tool

Of course, CHKDSK is not 100% capable of fixing this error. Hence, provided that it doesn’t work and if affordable, you can resort to a third party fix tool. There are a plenty of such tools available in today’s market. You can select and download an experienced and reliable one.

5. Contact Vendors or Repair Specialists

Assuming that no software can help you get rid of this error and you keep failing in formatting the media, you can either ask assistance from the vendors or repair professionals. They can provide you some useful and concrete suggestions.

6. Replace the Old Media

The worst situation is that your media is indeed corrupted beyond repair. At that point, you had better replace it with a new one as soon as possible. After getting a new media, you can recover your data to it from backups, similar to PST recovery from Outlook file backups.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt mdf and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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