Last updated on 17/01/2017
This article shares contents related to disk drive not formatted error including:
Solutions for "The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now"
2.1 Solution Step1: Recover Inaccessible Data before Format Device
2.2 Solution Step2: Fix Not Formatted Problem
2.3 Check Hard Drive / Removable Device for Error
When any disk like hard drive, portable hard drive, pen stick, USB flash drive or memory card / stick has not formatted error, the error message usually shows:
"The disk in drive * is not formatted, do you want to format it now?"
"You need to format disk in drive * before you can use it"
Windows 7 /8/10
Have you noticed the file system of your drive became RAW when getting the not formatted alert message? Some PC professionals call it RAW drive, or RAW filesystem. When the drive is not readable or accessible, then you will receive the notice disk drive needs to be formatted. Therefore, the not formatted error usually appears when you attempt to open a disk drive that changed to RAW file system and its capacity says 0 byte space.
==> Related Article: RAW drive fix
Download iCare Data Recovery Pro to restore inaccessible external hard drive, hdd, pen drive, usb flash drvie, memory card when of of them shows not formatted error.
Simply say, you can click Yes button to confirm the format when you receive the disk drive not formatted error message if you do not need to recover any data from the drive. On the contrary, you should click No button and ignore the error message if you want to recover even one single file from the disk drive. Generally speaking, you can follow two steps to fix any storage media that reports not formatted error message.
(Please skip to solution step2 if you have no data on the disk drive)
It is very important to get back all data at first from the inaccessible device when it reports not formatted error alert if there is any essential data on it.
Data Recovery for Disk Drive That Needs to Be Formatted
When you encountered the notice: The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?, we have solutions for you no matter you did confirm to perform the format, or still keep it RAW drive(RAW file system). The key point is to avoid overwriting the disk drive which contains your data. In other words, even if you have mistakenly formatted the disk drive when it asks to reformat, you still have chance to perform data recovery before writing new data to the drive. (Anyway, it is highly recommended not to format the disk in case of unexpected overwriting or problem, so stop using the disk drive if you still haven't reformatted it!)
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It does not matter it is an internal / external hard drive, digital camera SD card, flash card, CF card, or flash drive, pen drive, you can follow the following steps to recover data:
Step1. Download, install and run iCare Data Recovery Pro. And you will see a screen with many options of recovery. You can select a recovery module to begin data recovery.
Step2. Select the drive which has not formatted error and let the software scan it for lost files.
Step3. You can preview some files and then you can choose all needed files to recover (Save the recovered data to a different drive).
After recovering data with iCare Data Recovery, you had better go to the location where is used to save the recovered files to see if all data has been restore successfully. Then, you can go to the disk drive that reports not formatted error and format it.
==>> Whether it is an internal hard disk or removable disk that has not formatted error, you can refer to this page to get useful methods to execute format on the device: Methods to format internal / removable disk
You had better run Windows built-in Error-checking tool to check the disk if it contains bad sectors. If a disk contains too many bad sectors, you had better stop using it in order to avoid further data loss.
==>> You can go to this page for more details: Fix bad sectors
Whether you format an internal hard disk whether it is Samsung, Seagate, WD, Kingston, etc or a removable disk like pen drive, portable hard drive, USB thumb drive, SD memory card, microSD, miniSD, XD, CF or memory stick, the error message shows the same "Windows was unable to complete the format".
==>> Please refer to this article for reasons and solutions: Windows was unable to complete the format
This error message usually shows on Windows XP when you try to open an unformatted internal hard drive or external hard drive. Windows XP is a Microsoft operating system which has been used by many PC users, so lots of people have received the same error message more or less.
Along with the development of Microsoft operating system, the disk drive not formatted error message began to show "You need to format disk in drive before you can use it" on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Although the alert message shows different from Windows XP, it has the same meaning, namely you have no chance to access the drive unless you format it.
Disk Drive Not Formatted vs. RAW File System
You will receive the not formatted error message when CF card is in RAW format or other storage media like SD memory card, USB drive, portable hard drive turns to RAW file system. Here are some users encountering the same problem all related with this not formatted issue. Let's take a look at the cases:
HDD in question: External 160GB firewire drive from Maxtor.
O/S: Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Windows stopped recognizing the data on the disk suddenly while I was trying to fix a sound card resource conflict issue. Prior to this, I could access the drive and the data without any issues. At present, when I try to access the disk/drive, I get the message "Disk in drive E: is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". Could this be a filesystem driver issue? Because the file system is RAW now. If yes, where can I get the driver from? I think, the drive has FAT32 file system before as the external drives come preformatted under FAT32 and I don't remember changing it. The data on the disk is really important! Please help!
Case 2 - Another same problem:
Two weeks ago, I used my D drive to backup the files and "My Document" placed in C drive. Every week or so, I would backup all files from My Documents on C drive to My Documents on the D drive. Today trying to do the same but got an error message telling me "The disk in drive D is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" I cannot access the files and my backedup My Document files in D rvie. Should I just say yes to formatting it and not worry about it?
Resolution: The two cases are all related with format problem, the right thing to do is to find a recovery software like iCare Data Recovery Pro to recover files from the RAW drive(file system), or even formatted drive. Do not write any new data into the drive before the recovery. The recovery tutorial is listed above to guide you throught the recovery process.