6 Ways to Fix No Usable Free Extent Could be Found (Free)

The error “No Usable Free Extent Could be Found” pops up when the system analyses and finds out that there is not enough usable space in a disk drive or this error also comes up when there is an error with driver software for the particular driver which can be fixed through CMD and device manager.

Fix No Usable Free Extent Could be Found

Recover Data

So, in the first method, you will have to take back-up of all the data in the driver and if you are okay with losing all the data then you can also skip this method and if not then do-follow.

Using RECUVA you can take back-up of all the data in the SD card and format the SD card to use it further. You can also use RECOVERIT which is a paid version. 

recuva deep scan


  1. Insert the SD card in the system and make sure it detects
  2. Now, after installing the tool open it
  3. Press “Next
  4. Select “All files” in the “file types
  5. Click “Next
  6. Select the drive or the SD card
  7. Check box on the “Deep Scan
  8. Click on “Start
  9. Now it will start scanning
  10. Then, select all files or the files which you want to recover
  11. Click on “Recover
  12. Now allocate where the backup file you want to store
  13. Once you have selected the location click “Ok
  14. And you are done

Then, head to the next method to begin the actual processes.

1. Clean Drive Using CMD

To clean the SD card or external device manually through CMD, follow the below-mentioned steps carefully.

clean partition


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Command Prompt or CMD”
  3. Right-click on it and Run it as administrator
  4. Type “diskpart” and enter
  5. After entering DISKPART type “list disk” and enter
  6. Then type “select disk (disk number) ” and enter
  7. Type “clean” and enter
  8. Type “create partition primary” and enter
  9. To format type “format fs=ntfs” and enter (if you face size issue error then there will be no volume selected shown in the CMD)

Note: FAT32 does not allow copying files of a size more than 4GB. Also for storage of more than 32GB use exFAT and the rest FAT32. 

  1. And Finished.

If the issue is not fixed then go for the next method.

2. Format using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard is one of the best tools to fix all the issues regarding the external device and also, you can easily change the file system of the memory device by formatting within the few steps mentioned below.

minitool partition format


  1. Open the tool
  2. Look for the disk
  3. Right-click on the particular disk
  4. Click on “Format
  5. Click on “File system
  6. Change it to FAT32 or exFAT (Select FAT32 if the memory device is less than 32GB and if it is higher then select exFAT file system)
  7. Click “ok
  8. Click on “Apply” and confirm 
  9. Now the formatting will begin and done within a few seconds.

3. Remove Bad Sectors using DiskGenius

Disk Genius is another 3rd party app that is used to repair drives and to solve many more issues regarding external devices with ease and not to be exact with no commands.

Check Bad sector using Disk genius software


  1. Download the tool
  2. Open it
  3. Now, select the disk you want to repair
  4. At the top section, click on the “Disk” option
  5. Click on “Verify or Repair Bad Sectors
  6. Now, from the Dropbox menu change the “Cylinder range” to “Sector range
  7. Now, click on “Start verify
  8. Now, the scanning will begin
  9. After scanning is done click on “Repair” and you are done.

If this method couldn’t fix the error, then head on for the next one.

Download : Disk Genius

4. Uninstall USB Mass Storage Device

Sometimes there are issues or bugs in the driver’s software. So, this can be fixed by uninstalling the USB mass storage device from the system. Following are the steps.

uninstall usb mass storage


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Device manager” or open directly from the control panel
  3. Open Device manager
  4. Look for “USBC” (Universal Serial Bus Controller)
  5. Expand by clicking on it
  6. Look for the “USB Mass Storage Device”
  7. And if you couldn’t find the driver then just plug out and in the device
  8. Right-click on it
  9. Then, click on “Uninstall
  10. After it is done
  11. Look for “Action” at the top side
  12. Then click on “Scan for hardware changes”
  13. And done

If this didn’t fix the error then check the next method out.

5. Update USB Mass Storage Device Driver

If updating drivers couldn’t fix the error then try updating the driver manually through the device manager. Following are the steps.

USBC driver update


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “Device manager” or open directly from the control panel
  3. Open Device manager
  4. Look for “USBC” (Universal Serial Bus Controller)
  5. Expand by clicking on it 
    (Make sure that you have enabled the option to view hidden device, if not then you can do it from the view option on the top section)
  6. Look for the inserted external device
  7. Look for the “USB Mass Storage Device”
  8. And if you couldn’t find the driver then just plug out and in the device
  9. Right-click on it
  10. Click on “Update Drivers Software
  11. Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software
  12. After it is done, you can also try picking the driver software manually
  13. Click on “Update Drivers Software
  14. Click on “Browse my computer for driver software
  15. Then choose the option to pick the pack manually
  16. Click “Next
  17. And done

You can follow this process multiple times if you have multiple drivers to update. Also, make sure you have a good internet connection while updating drivers.

6. Update Driver Using Driver Booster

So, in this method also you will have to update drivers but this time you will have to install a 3rd party app i.e. Driver Booster, which is one of the best apps to manage drivers software in the system. Hence, follow the below-mentioned steps to update drivers through Driver Booster.



  1. Once you have downloaded and installed the tool
  2. Run it
  3. Now click on the “Scan” button
  4. Now it will begin the scanning process and will scan for all the outdated drivers in the system.
  5. Once the scanning is done, in the next window there will be a list that shows the number of drivers to be or has been updated.
  6. Now select the “Universal Serial Bus Controller” and update the driver
  7. Or just click on update all (make sure to have a good internet connection)
  8. And once the updating process is done 
  9. You are done

Hence, this should most probably do the job and solve the error issues.


How do you fix no usable free extent?

This error most probably occurs because of driver errors which are highly software-based. So, you can try updating or reinstalling driver software and also try to format the particular device through CMD or any other 3rd party tool.

How do I recover files from a raw drive?

You can refer to the 1st method of this post or directly download any recovery app. I would suggest RECOVERIT if you are in search of a premium recovery tool or RECUVA if you are in search of a freemium tool.


So, these were the 6 best ways to fix the No Usable Free Extent Could be Found error. Hence, if you found this post to be useful then do share it with those who might find this useful too. For more content related software reviews, comparison and troubleshooting posts do check our website out.

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Shreyash Pradhan
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