"Can I recover data from my external hard drive that won’t format? I want to write some data to my 500GB external hard drive, but system says external hard drive is not formatted when I plug it to my computer. Without other choice, I click yes to format the external hard drive, but system reports another message to say cannot complete the format. Now, what can I do to fix the external hard drive not formatted error?"
You need to format disk before you can use it
"I need external hard drive data recovery software to restore files from RAW external hard drive that cannot be formatted. I want to format my external hard drive because system disables me to open the disk if I do not format it. But I need to get back all data before formatting the external HDD. Can you give me some advice?"
Can't format hard drive in Windows 10 8 7 error message after confirmed the formatting
Video - how to fix can't format hard drive hdd
Format disk failed write protected
Or when you try to copy files to the hard disk, it may say it is write protected.
Disk write protected cannot copy files
Video - how to remove readonly for internal&external hd
Formatting hard drive with Rufus would mostly work when your usb disk or internal hd can't be formatted due to unknown reasons.
You may download it here:
More download link is available at its website https://rufus.ie/
Rufus to format usb disk that cannot be formatted
Format with disk management
If your disk could not be formatted in disk management, try another way -> Delete it at first, and then create a new partition under disk management.
Delete volume disk management
This is another efficient way for formatting digital media
Steps to format hard drive (Internal&External) using cmd diskpart
Chkdsk /f /r /x to repair disk
Video - how to repair damaged disk using chkdsk
How to open it? => 'This PC' -> 'Right click hard drive' -> 'Properties'
If you want to perform data recovery when external hard drive won’t format and become inaccessible, you need to rely on data recovery software. iCare Data Recovery Pro is a data recovery program, which allows you to restore files from RAW external hard drive without formatting it. Now, you can follow the steps below to recover data from external hard drive which is not formatted:
Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery. Launch the software and choose a proper scan mode.
Step2. Choose the external hard drive as aim disk and let the software scan.
Step3. Preview and save the files lost from your external hard drive.
External hard drive usually works as an external device for data storage, backup and transferring. You need to plug an external hard drive to PC in order to read, transfer or write data on external hard drive. When an external HDD turns to RAW on Windows OS, you may receive some similar error message like "disk drive is not formatted do you want to format it now" or "you need to format disk drive before you can use it". Data can be restored from all types of external HDD when it won’t format on Windows like Windows 10/8/7 and more.
You should not format the external hard drive or internal hd before getting back the files you need. There are tons of possible causes that your disk may get corrupted, so always backup important files with several copies.
Last updated on 20/12/2020