“Recently, I ran into a problem accessing my Seagate 1 TB External Hard Drive. Every time when I turn it on, Windows says my external hard drive is not formatted and asks me if I want to format it. It’s really annoying! How can I fix this problem without losing my data?” Here is some error message my computer gives me
“You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it.”
“Disk in drive is not formatted do you want to format it now?”
Have you ever encountered these kind of error messages? Most of the people don’t know what kind of context I’m talking about. Let’s go straight and find out what exactly “Not formatted error” and “Not formatted error recovery is. Hope it is helpful! (Want to know more? Click on this link)
What exactly is not formatted error mean indeed:
This error may be caused by many reasons, say virus attacks or power failure, etc. When you check it in disk management, it might be healthy, but it might have no file system and drive letter. When this happens, we call it a RAW drive. That means, the disk is not prepared to be used within the operating system or the data can no longer be read due to data corruption, while every floppy disk or hard disk/drive needs to be formatted with a particular file system before being used, thus we get the “disk is not formatted” message when try to access a RAW disk. There are some rumors in the market that a particular brand disk gets such kind of error constantly, but I’d like to tell you people is it is just myth not true. Such kind of errors occurs regardless of your disk brand.
Steps to follow when system shows not formatted error:
If you need to access disk then you’ve to format it. Here is the problem come, in this process, we lose our data. So we recommend you to use Formatted Drive Recovery Software to recover data from the RAW drive before going any further. Since you cannot access the RAW drive when it shows not formatted error, you need to look for another way to access files. When encountered this error, first you can try to plug it into a different USB port or plug it into another computer. Sometimes it works. Otherwise, you can try ‘Formatted Drive Recovery’ utility. It is most workable data recovery software available in the market which allows us data recovery after not formatted error. It copies your data to a computer and then format the drive. It is the easiest and fastest solution.
Some notable features of the Formatted Drive Recovery software:
It scan the entire drive to retrieve data within minimal amount of time.
Using this utility you can even restore data from deleted or inaccessible partitions.
Data lost due to partitioning errors can be recovered easily with the assistance of this program.
Taking the help of this software, you can even get back lost data from RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 partitions, which has been formatted.
Supports recovery of data from SATA / SCSI / IDE hard drives, SD, XD, MMC flash memory cards, external USB drives, FireWire Drives, iPods.
This prominent app also facilitate you for recovering data from formatted SD card, USB drive, external HDDs, etc.
Supports recovery of compressed files from NTFS, exFAT, FAT, etc. formatted drives.
Save disk space by creating compressed zip archives of the recovered files and folders.