How to Fix: You Need to Format the Disk before You Can Use It

Summary

Sometimes, when you insert your usb or external hard drive, you may meet this problem, your computer pops out the message "You need to format the disk before you can use it”. Don’t worry, this article will tell you how to fix your disk and recover your data on it.

If your device reports you need to format the disk in drive, it probably means that your usb pen drive, sd memory card or external hard drive becomes raw drive, a formatting is needed before you can use your device. There are some ways to solve this problem.

How to Fix the Error “You Need to Format the Disk in Drive” with Disk Management.

Most of the time, you format your disk by right clicking format option, you may get the message that windows can’t complete the format. Then you can try Disk Management function to fix the error when your computer alert “You Need to Format the Disk in Drive” for your SD card, USB pen drive. First, right click “my computer” and choose “manage” option. Find “Disk Management”.

Note: please recover the inside data before you use Disk Management to fix the error, or the inside data would be lost.

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Then, choose your removable device, right click and choose to format.

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How to Fix Error “You Need to Format Your Raw Disk” by Command Prompt

Command prompt can also help you to fix your disk in drive. But you need to be careful to avoid making mistakes, because that may format your important disk.

1. run CMD command on your computer.

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2. type “diskpart” on the command box

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3. type “ list disk” on the command box and enter

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4. type “select disk 2” and enter.

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5. type “clean”. Wait for a minute.

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Note: The inside data will be erased by using repair disk with CMD.

After these steps, you can format your disk in drive and fix the problem.

However, all your data will be gone, so if you have important information on your usb memory card when the computer says “ you need to format your disk in drive before you can use it” . you need to recover your data before or after you format your storage device.

Instructions of recovering data when your computer pops out "You need to format the disk in drive"

Step 1: run the data recovery program and choose a suitable mode

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Step 2: choose your usb memory card to scan for your data.

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Step 3: wait for the scanning process finished, preview the found data.

Step 3 to recover data when your computer says”you need to format the disk in drive” Step 3 to recover data when your computer says”you need to format the disk in drive”

Step 4: choose the data you need to recover and save them to another place.

Notice: do not save your data at the same place, also, do not put anything on your disk need to be formatted, because that will rewrite your disk, and you can’t recover your data anymore. After these steps, you can recover your important data and fix the error by format the usb memory card or external hard drive.

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